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01-16-2012, 11:42 PM
Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by Miller Time View Post
Gomez- 2:51 PP TIO/game - 0 points
Eller- :29 PP TIO/game - 0 points

if the team has been playing to win, and for 15 games put up with Gomez getting almost 3 min/game PP time with nothing to show for it, I don't know how anyone could try to argue that giving Eller a bigger PP role would somehow be less of an objective to win games.

imho, Eller should be getting more pp BOTH to help the team win/be more effective right now (which, while no guarantee, is no less of a certainty than continuing to use Gomez on the pp) and would obviously be beneficial for the long term (both Eller's development, and the teams greater knowledge of what they have in him).
Gomez's ice time this season isn't a big enough sample size to say anything about it. He just hasn't played all that many games. Gomez also has mulitple ~20 power play point seasons under his belt (including last year) and creates offensive zone puck control better than anyone in the lineup.

The decision isn't clear cut. Even if you like Eller more than Gomez, he still has to beat out one of Kostitsyn or Bourque as well. Both who are better shooters and in front of the goal mouth.

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