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08-06-2012, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
Eller hasn't shown it, but how can he possibly show it if Bourque is on his line?

I watched the games. Eller would make great passes and Bourque would fan. There's just no way for him to succeed in that role. Note that his goalscoring was actually reasonable.

It's also fair to say that Eller could be a great 3rd line center, but if he has the potential to be more we'd be selling ourselves short by developing him for that status.

Gomez was playing good minutes at the start of last season. Let's not pretend that Gomez' injury had nothing to do with it.

October 6th, 2011, vs Toronto: Gomez played 17:10
October 9th, 2011 vs Winnipeg, Gomez played 18:49
October 13th, 2011 vs Calgary, Gomez played 17:13
October 15th, 2011 vs Colorado, Gomez played 16:45
October 18th, 2011 vs Buffalo, Gomez played 19:10
October 20th 2011 vs Pittsburgh, Gomez played 02:40.
Gomez doesn't play the following few games. Desharnais eventually becomes a top-2 center. He had about the same minutes as Desharnais in those games.
My are supporting my case. Gomez didn't get his job back when he returned because Desharnais beat him out for the spot.

As for Eller playing with Bourque. You do realize that Bourque has scored more goals over the previous 2 seasons than anyone else on the roster........just sayin'

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