Thread: Lars Eller
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02-12-2012, 12:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Rise from the Ashes View Post
He reminds me of Mikko Koivu so much. Less heavy, but quicker.
That's a pretty good comparision. Looking at Koivu's ES scoring at that age, Eller seems to follow his devellopment path too. A path pretty common for two-way players.

I actually remember reading somewhere that an analyst had compared them due to both being very good even strenght players in the AHL. Thinking about it, I wonder if that didn't play a part in the org asking specifically for Eller in the Halak deal, considering our long time struggles at ES. If so, that's pretty brilliant longterm thinking.

Originally Posted by Patofqc View Post
Has i see it, the third line is the checking line. Having both DD and Plekanec makes us too small at center
It's not. Especially if, you go with a top 9 (wich is the way to go these days) instead of a top 6. Last year (and this year except for the games where Eller got those matchups) the Plekanec line was the checking line. If you go power on power (wich is the most common way to go these days) you do not want your great defensive players playing against third liners. It's a waste. What we need is enough depth on the wing to build an offensive 3rd line that can exploit the bottom of other team's lineup.

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