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03-10-2012, 10:50 AM
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Turtleneck Plek
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Here's the way I see it.

- We draft one of Grigorenko or Galchenyuk

Our centre depth is as follows:

- DD
- Pleks
- Eller
- Leblanc/Engqvist/FA singing

DD and Plekanec are the top 6 centres while Eller is our third centre. The centre we will draft will have to outplay Eller for the third centre spot during camp, as it would be a waste to play one of Eller or the drafted player on the fourth line. If Grigs/Galchenyuk do outplay Eller, then we have a debate. The drafted player will probably get a 9-game look in the NHL, at the end of which the Habs will have to make a decision; either to move one of Eller or DD to the wing (I'd move DD, since I think Eller's skillset is better suited at centre while we wouldn't lose DD's skills if he played on the wing) or trade one of Pleks, DD or Eller.

If the drafted player does not outplay Eller at camp, then this is a non-issue. That player goes back to juniors for the season or plays with Hamilton if eligible, and then this whole debate is pushed back for another year, giving the team more time to evaluate its assets.

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