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07-06-2012, 08:12 PM
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Habland, Quebec
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Eller's place on the depth chart at centre.
Right now DD is ahead of him for offensive centre positions in the top 6.
Right now Pleks is ahead of him for offensive centre positions in the top 6.
Right now Pleks is ahead of him for defensive specialist centre faceoffs.
Leblanc will be knocking on the door for 3rd line centre position real soon.
Galchenyuk is almost a lock for a top 6 centre position in 2 years
For Eller to remain a centre in the future for Montreal, he'd have to earn a spot over Pleks & DD for the 2nd top 6 centre spot.
Or he'd have to stymie offensively and excel defensively to keep the 3rd line centre spot over Leblanc.
The reality is he probably doesn't have a long term future in Montreal unless he learns to play wing. Or if he does, it means Leblanc busts and he takes the 3rd line centre role. I don't see him ever being better than Pleks, it's also a small stretch to see him be a more offensive force than DD.
There are too many people knocking at the door for his job. He'll unfortunately likely be the odd man out at least 75% of the time unless Leblanc busts but he's already shown that he can play in the NHL in a bottom 6 centre role.
Leblanc's game seems to be much more suited to the wing than Eller's
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