Thread: Confirmed with Link: Lars Eller re-signed for 2 years, $1.325M per
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07-06-2012, 11:49 PM
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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.
Exactly. This was an awesome post. Just because Eller isn't as good as Pleks, doesn't mean Eller is a bust.

Its unrealistic to expect Elller to be "both" better defensively than Pleks and better offensively. Pleks is in the Selke hunt the past 3 years. He's a top 4 defensive player in the game.

For people to expect Eller to be at that level, top 4 in the game, is projecting WAY WAY WAY too much on Eller.

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