Thread: Stefan Elliott
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03-17-2013, 04:27 PM
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Zandar
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As has been mentioned briefly before...two major things have happened this year.

He had been playing with a lot of the weaker Ds in LE or at least the more offensive of them which required him to change his style some to cover up for his partners' lack of defensive abilities. If you are playing with borderline AHL talent then you are not going to try and skate the puck yourself. Lately, He's seen time with Pock, Gaunce and more defensive oriented players which has helped.

The other major item is the lack of pure talent at forward. This has caused LE to be less of a run and gun and more of a dump/chase/grind approach. Elliott does not make a living off dumping the puck. When the system requires you to play much different than you have success doing...you are going to see some struggles. Wasn't until recently he started seeing more PP ice time and with the better players. Elliott needs a team that can allow him to become the 4th forward not the PMD who dumps it in for the Malones, DVGs, and company to go fish out. When he has someone like O'Reilly dishing him the puck when he pinches in...we will see him do some serious damage. Right now he has whatever LE player who is on a PTO.

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