Thread: Line Combos: 'the future'
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06-26-2012, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Ceux de Montreal View Post
Absolutely. Like I said on the other thread about him, I can't believe there is so little Eller enthusiasts on this board. I thought he was our most promising player last year. His upside is higher than Pacioretty's, and he's not a one-dimensional player like Max is.

Very hard to predict what our lineup will be in 4 years because of our lack of depth at wings, but I can tell you one thing: Galchenkyuk will form his 1-2 punch with Eller, not with Plekanec/Desharnais/Leblanc. At least one of them will have been traded, most likely Plekanec because of his age.

As for the next 2 years or so, we could expect something like:

Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Erik Cole
Lars Eller - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta
Louis Leblanc - Alex Galchenkyuk - Brendan Gallagher

Until we realize Eller is much better at center.
i think you've nailed the most important part of our future.. DD, Gionta, and Gallagher will play for us, but they need to be on separate lines. I do think however that we don't have to trade any of our centers in the near future... while Eller hasn't shown that his game will translate to a scoring winger, DD looks like he'll work out no matter what (so I think he should be turned into a playmaking winger rather than Eller)

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