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11-10-2011, 04:29 PM
Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by UniverStalinGraduate View Post
Disagree completely. He's a solid 3rd line player already in the NHL and could be a top 6 guy down the road.

Let me guess...Eller doesn't have the offensive instincts to be a top 6 forward either?
At even strength Eller is already a 2nd line player or if not very close. By which I mean with competent line mates he can face an NHL level 2nd line and expect to at least break even over the long haul. He doesn't score huge amounts but his defense is strong enough to more than make up the difference. Which is the big difference between him and Desharnais. Eller can control the play while Desharnais really can't outside the offensive zone.

Desharnais has had some success at the third line position thus far but its been in extremely sheltered and advantagous minutes while being consistently flanked by two very strong winger. That point to him being a competent passenger, not a driver of success. Lately he's the offensive compliment to the Cammalleri-Cole pairing much like Moen has been the defensive compliment to the Eller-Kostitsyn pairing.

Simply put, if Desharnais was the best overall player on a third line would you think that is a good third line?

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