Thread: Confirmed with Link: Lars Eller re-signed for 2 years, $1.325M per
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07-06-2012, 11:43 PM
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Originally Posted by macavoy View Post
Awesome contract, kind of validates what I've been saying about his role with the club. People should compare what Pleks got on his 2nd contract to what Eller got on his 2nd contract. Then you factor in inflation.

Eller is great but he is no Pleks. Pleks is a special player. When he had his I'm a girl 38 point season 3-4 years ago, he was probably the hardest working Hab that year. Eller is great and we need him, just because I value Pleks more than Eller, doesn't mean I don't like Eller.

But Eller is 2nd best at everything and he will in all likelihood continue to be 2nd best. He probably will never be better defensively than Pleks is and he'll probably never be more offensively gifted than Galenchyuk and probably not even DD.

But Eller is talented, I'm not saying he is a bust, all I am saying is, there will probably always be a better Hab than him at a role. But that's mostly because we've been lacking in the Centre position for 15 years and as a result have been cultivating centre's for the past 5+ years and he's a victim of circumstance mostly.

I say this as someone whose favourite player is Plekanec who would be more than happy to see Plek stay with the Habs long term; Eller might not have Plekanec's goal scoring ability but is naturally better at enough of the game to suggest Eller could end up a similar player (better or worse would be a guess).

Plek had minimal expectations coming into the league and if anything that helped him, he was able to work out what he needed to make it in the AHL and by slowly bringing him up he was able to figure out just what he needed to make it.

Eller isn't Plekanec defensively right now but Plek is one of the best defensive forwards in the game, I can't say anyone would be as good as him when it comes to positioning and intercepting the puck because that is an elite ability that is at least 50% mental.

But Eller is already a good to very good defensive player (According to Boucher, Eller had the most D-zone puck recoveries per-minute of any Habs forward, not to mention has among the best numbers on 5 on 5 play), and is already a better puck carrier and more physical than Plekanec.

It's very difficult to claim someone is the next Plekanec because Plek exceeded all expectations and is such a complete and intelligent player that you can't assume his career can be replicated, but like Plekanec, Eller is more than the sum of his surface stats.

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