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02-04-2013, 12:42 PM
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A centre who couldn't make it on the wings in Montreal but was shipped off and did well as a centre elsewhere: Grabovski.

Just because you have examples of players that have done it, doesn't mean it's generalizable.

Eller hasn't found a role because he hasn't been given a role under Therrien. He's in limbo because Therrien hasn't made a spot for him. Eller had no problem finding a role last year getting tough opposition, being defensively responsible, playing extremely well on the PK and putting up points in a 3rd line shutdown/puck possession role. He filled that rolled excellently. Stop bouncing him around, put confidence in him and he'll do well. Eller filled his "role" on the wing quite well in Buffalo, yet Therrien still decided to take him out of it (yes, Pacioretty returning is a good reason). Roles start with the coach, Eller has shown his tools, up to the man behind the bench to allow the player to use them properly.

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