2012-2013 Lineup thread (post FA period)
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08-06-2012, 10:07 AM
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Canberra, Australia
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Enough of this "stunting a players development" nonsense. This is a truism that is thrown around far too often on these boards.
Players earn their icetime and push fo positions higher in the line-up. If they never get there it is because they just weren't good enough. Centers such as Joe Thornton, Doug Gilmour, Saku Koivu, Claude Giroux, Tyler Seguin, Derek Roy, Patrice Bergeron, Jordan Staal..........etc. all started their careers playing in the bottom six. If Eller is good enough he will force himself into a top six role......end of story.
Saku Koivu moved up as other centers like Turgeon were traded.
Joe Thornton scored 7 points in 55 games in his first season, and 41 points in 81 games his second season. You sure they couldn't find anybody better?
On our own team, our youngest star, PK Subban, got his opportunity when Markov was injured. David Desharnais got his opportunity not because he rocked, but because Gomez was scoring at a clip of 4 points in 13 games and then went down to a groin injury.
Bottom line: your expectation of Eller is irrational. You can't put him on a line with Rene Bourque for 10 minutes a game and expect him to rack up points, that's impossible. I watched a lot of games last year. Eller would make beautiful, crisp passes to Bourque and then Bourque would fan, again and again. That is a situation in which it is simply impossible for Eller to rack up assists. He needs someone on his line with a good shot.
The only way players can succeed is if they are in a position to succeed.
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