Originally Posted by Monctonscout
How was scratching Eller dumb? It got him working harder and he made more progress this year than any year in the NHL.
MB and MT seem to believe in 3 offensive lines so I wouldn't get as preoccupied with top 6 and more about top 9. All 3 centers will get a chance to play in offensive situations.
Really? Is that what you really think? That Eller came into the season with no training camp after learning a new system in Europe, and now had to learn a new one here, and decided to slop it out in game 1? That he needed a wake up call after one game when pretty much the whole team looked like garbage?
Eller started playing much better last season. Martin was starting to use him versus tougher opponents, and he was doing fairly well. His line with Moen and AK was arguably our most dominant one when put together. Then Martin gets fired, RC comes in, splits up this solid trio, makes Eller face guys like Datsyuk and when he sees he can't keep up, he benches him. It all was a lot more difficult for him when RC took over. But he was ready to blossom last year, we just had one of the worst coaches I've ever seen.
This year I give zero credit to Therrien for Eller. None. I'm not a Therrien hater, I give him a lot of credit for the season as a whole, and other players, but just not for Eller.
This kid always had it tough. Nothing was ever given to him unlike others. I mean, Gallagher and Galchenyuk come in as rookies and they get better treatment than Eller. Galchenyuk never had to prove himself by playing with Moen and White, yet Eller had to do that after he being reinserted. DD was always given some offensive wingers. Heck, Therrien before the season starts says this is a make-break year for Eller, yet scratches him after the first game because he didn't like 12min of action on the bottom line. What does he do to help him out?? Keeps him on the 4th line, and gives him 0 pp ice time. After that when injuries occur, he gets a shot as a winger on the top 6, a position he clearly is just not comfortable with.
It wasn't until he was given a little more ice time, on the 3rd line, with more offensively capable wingers (even though they were rookies), that he really started shining again. Surprise surprise, give him a little more ice time, with better wingers, and he starts to play much better (just like with AK a year ago).
I give all the credit to Eller, the kid worked harder than anybody else on this team, and the coaches never made it easy for him.
The scratch was dumb because he was singled out when the whole team was crap.
The team had no training camp, I mean wait a couple of games before perhaps.
As for top 6, I'm referring to that in terms of ice time and PP. I want Eller to be one of the two most used centerman, top 6 among forwards, and this includes a regular shift on the PP.