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02-15-2013, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by MXD View Post
And on his first season, he was...?

A 4th liner who didn't hit at all.

It's a double standard which is hurting us. Even in the series we lost to boston last time, Eller was one of our best fwds. I don't get where this idea comes from that he doesn't hit and isn't physical. He actually does everything he was projected to. That he's not scoring prolifically has all to do with his current role and linemates. Aside from his botched breakaway, chose one player you want just outside the crease and with the only play being to shoot. Who do you choose? For me it's Eller and his ripshot (very AK-like). "René" has been showing that he can do it too, I'll give him that. And deking? He's probably our best and most creative. As for being on the ice for two goals against TBay:

a) it was a 4 on 6 where he won the FO, but the winger lost it.
b) it wasn't his bad on those goals, it was the D

He's becoming a defensive ace and PP specialist. So, size, decent speed (as much as Chucky), amazing hands and shot and very physical/can hold onto the puck. Also very solid vision and playmaking ability. It's just a simple fact that Chucky is being given the light treatment whereas the OLD veteran Eller has to grind it out + produce goals.

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