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08-22-2012, 06:15 AM
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Maybe there is a need to distinguish tough offensive and defensive minutes? Was the player mostly:

-trying to score against defensive specialists
-trying to prevent offensive players from scoring
-Outscoring the opponent's top line while shutting them down like Damphousse used to do

There were times over the last few years when Desharnais played against other team's energy lines. Last year he went from playing against non-shutdown players to being on an effective top line and playing against other teams' shut down line. Desharnais is a scorer, he is not going to get many defensive assignments.

Eller played defensive minutes against scoring lines. His opponents certainly had better scoring numbers than the guys Desharnais was playing against at the end of the year.

Eller has been mostly a defensive puck-retrieval machine. With a different role and line-mates he could put up more points. We'll see what Therrien does with him after the lockout. Was Martin holding Eller back? If so does that mean the habs should sign AK and put him on Eller's line?

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