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01-21-2013, 07:09 PM
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deandebean
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Originally Posted by Et le But View Post
It's interesting how this board has such a stereotype of centers as the only guys allowed to make fancy passes while ignoring the importance of keeping possession, the one thing Eller is far better than anyone else on this team at. Keeping possession while skating through the neutral zone is the reason Gomez lasted as long as he did after all.
Actually, if pro hockey thought like you, Eller would be 1st line material. Evidently, they do not think the same way. Eller controls the puck because he comes from a hockey background that favors puck possession (big ice surface) and starting the play in a cycle. That may be good. But at the same time, the NHL is based on North-South hockey. And that's what the coaches can't seem to get into Eller's head. He can surely control the puck. That's a skill. But what does he do with it afterwards is the question mark.

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