Eller or Desharnais
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11-14-2011, 06:00 PM
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Most poeple who says Eller is playing with lesser winger are saying in the Kostitsyn thread how he is a beast and a top 6 winger. Yet they both play together so its 1 or the other.
Sure while that may the case, the other winger he has been playing with is Moen. Plekanec and Desharnais have been playing both with two top 6 wingers. I'd expect them to produce more because of it.
DD, last year in his rookie year, was at .50pts\game, while Eller this year, his 2nd season, is at .25pts\game. And DD was playing 3rd and 4th line last year.
Desharnais was also 24 and recieved regular PP time while Eller did not. 8 of DD 22 points last year were on the PP. Eller last year was also bounced around a lot playing very little minutes for the majority of the season. It wasn't until March where he solidified himself as the 3rd line center.
Again, for the wingers excuse, Cole was going nowhere before playing with David. Same thing with Max. He produces more while playing with DD. So, how does the credit goes to them.
Max has been producing all season long even when he didn't play with DD. He had a 3 point night playing on a line with Plekanec. Cole started to produce more as Martin gave him more time in the top 6.
Eller could be 3 times bigger and twice the skill as Desharnais, if at the end he cant put points on scoreboard, hes not 2nd line player.
That's a very shallow analysis. Desharnais gets put in a position to produce, he gets the softest match ups and is asked to play an offensive role. Eller has been asked to play a defensive role and gets significantly less minutes than DD. Eller has no PP and has only 3 less ES than DD with only one top 6 winger on his line.
With the bad start of the season, JM does not have time to test anything, he goes with what he knows. And what he knows is DD produces and Eller does not.
I don't think it's about testing anything. I think it more has to do with the fact that Eller can be trusted in a 3rd line role while Desharnais cannot. To be productive, Desharnais needs to be put in an offensive role. Eller is more versatile and doesn't need to put in an offensive role to contribute to the team's success.
A lot were not happy about Latendresse yet he was producing more than eller and was playing with Lapierre and kostopoulos without pp time.
The debate is not about Latendresse vs Eller, so it's a moot point. A lot of people weren't happy with Latendresse because he was lazy and didn't "deserve" an offensive position.
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