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03-19-2013, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Kjell Dahlin View Post
I think you are the one being “... blinded for some reason...”.

Desharnais has borderline elite vision and he is physically weak even when you compare him to other small guys like Gionta, Bouillon, Saint-Louis... His contribution is optimised at C.

Eller’s flaws (puck hog, small case of tunnel vision) and his wingers like instincts (driving the net, shoot first, pass second) are telling us a clear story imo: he is more suited for wing duties.

As soon as Galchenyuk is ready to assume C duties, Eller will look good on Plekanec’s LW: good size, great two ways play, drives the net, does not shy away from heavy traffic... and he already showed good stuff as a winger on Desharnais’ line while Pacioretty was injured.

Eller – Plekanec – Bourque will be a very good tough minutes line for us... in 1-2 years.

As soon as Galchneyuk is ready to assume C duties:

1. Eller – Plekanec – Bourque
2/3. Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher
3/2. Prust – Galchenyuk - Gionta
Eller does not have tunnel vision. DD would excel in a role similar to what St. Louis has in Tampa Bay. Eller is a natural center. He's better defensively. He's a big body down the middle. He has some of the best hands on the team and as a result, he is able to stickhandle in traffic and gain the zone. He plays the entire ice surface.

You have to look at the center position far beyond just the offensive aspect of scoring goals or setting them up. Center has the most responsibilities. DD would be better sheltered away from the defensively responsiblities of being the center and focusing more on getting open and letting his vision shine through when he gets the puck. He won't be marginalized on the wing the same way Eller would be and has been.

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