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05-12-2012, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by RE-HABS View Post
Staal as the #1 centre isn't going to be the same as Staal behind Crosby and Malkin, and people would have to see that. He has a great two way game, but Eric is better offensively too.

Would I trade for a big centre like Staal, sure, but not as my #1 centre, and we have a Staal Lite with Eller as far as I am concerned.

Stay the course, and use the high pick to get that top player we can get for the future.
That's a good point, before trading a pile of assets and using cap room on Staal, let's give Eller a couple more years to see how good he can be. I think his offense took a big step forward this year, unfortunately with all the injuries and AK being traded he ended up playing with low skill wingers a lot which IMHO cost him about 10-12 more points. He could have reached or gotten close to 40 points with virtually no PP time with a bit better linemates.

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