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05-25-2011, 05:07 AM
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Originally Posted by JimCareyPrice View Post
Eller's performance this year can only be described as a major disappointment. When adjusted for ice time Eller was the 56th in productivity per minute of ice time when compared to the top 100 rookie ice time getters. In the Centre category he was 24th most productuve of 34.

Both Desharnais and White contributed more, in the case of DD considerably more. Eller showed a little more at the end of the season but overall his first season should be considered dismal failure. He should not have been on the big team beyond an experiment in October and I can only point to Moen and Pyatt as regulars who were less valuable.

Lets hope late signs continue and this injury promotes strength training that makes his performance goes north, but so far he's mostly potential and less reality.
Stats, stats, stats....why do you and others rely so heavily on them, I'll never know. What doesn't show on the stupid stat sheets, is that Eller progressively showed strength, poise, grit and compete-level. This is the stuff real hockey people see. And is evident by how the coaching staff handled Eller. You could sense their growing confidence in him and that he was becoming a favorite to them.

Those are the things stats don't show.

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