The Lars Eller Thread - Coffee Shop Edition
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02-22-2013, 08:44 PM
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I think Eller's main problem is that he still takes some bad decisions offensively. Sometimes he seems impatient with the puck, other times he is too patient. His vision might be his biggest flaw imo.
he is only 23, and he's been tossed around from one line to the other, from center to winger.
This is the worse thing you can do to a developing player imo. (on that note, think Weber is getting better sitting in the press box? I feel bad for this kid.)
Before I make any real judgment on him, I need to see him play consistently where he is best suited to reach his potential, at center with good wingers. He also needs to get more ice time on the PP.
The PP is an easier place for youngsters to perfect some of their offensive skills.
In any event, experimenting as much is a necessity with Eller. Otherwise we will never know his real value.
You can believe that he's nothing more than a 3rd liner, but he's not Moen. We know Eller has potential, so in order to be sure that he's not a top 6 player, we have to try him out.
And by try out, I don't mean 2-3 games.
We had the opportunity to do so when DD wasn't looking good this year, but coaching staff opted to move him to the wing instead, and still aren't giving him PP time (less than 1min a game).
I agree especially with the bolded part. Eller is in that situation because the Canadiens felt that Galchenyuk had nothing else to learn in the juniors and the mid/long terms dividends associated with him (Gal.) playing for the big club, would be positive.
Frankly, I agree with them. Galchenyuk is a Gem.
Under normal circumstances, if it was not for Galchenyuk and Gallagher, Eller would be a lock on 3rd. The guy is, right now, better than 19 years old Galchenyuk. So yes he was facing (still is) an uphill battle. An uphill battle, at 23 years old, is not the end of the world. Plus, he is slowing gaining his spot back; at 14-15 minutes per game, I really don’t see how someone can maintain that he is, currently, badly utilized.
Long story short: I mostly agree with you. The only/main difference is that I think Eller’s play is more suited for wings.
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