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02-23-2013, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by HawkeyeCB View Post
Even if Galchenyuk passes DD next year, at this point and time, there is no reason to believe that MTL would keep Eller over DD at C.

If anything, we keep those three centres going forward, and convert Eller to a full-time winger. Good depth in-case of an injury.
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There's only so much offensive time in a game. Only so many ozone starts, and only so much PP time (about 6-8 minutes a game). When a coach gives offensive minutes to DD, that means he isn't giving offensive minutes to Plekanec and Galchenyuk.

Since DD is only capable of playing offense (that could change), he thus contributes a negative value-added, because whenever he is on the ice at center, this means that we won't have Galchenyuk or Plekanec on the ice, both of whom will be vastly superior offensively, and Plekanec already is.

Moreover, if DD is the third line center, it means Plekanec and Galchenyuk will have to play more on defense, tiring them and further reducing their offensive capacity.

Conversely, when Eller is at defense, playing on the PK and in shutdown in the dzone against elite players like Seguin and Crosby, Plekanec and Galchenyuk are liberated to play offense, because Eller does shutdown effectively. The defense is taken care of, and offensive output is maximized, for a positive value-added.

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