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03-19-2013, 11:11 AM
Kjell Dahlin
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Originally Posted by WeThreeKings View Post
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.
Saint-Louis is thriving on wings because, among other things, he has insanely strong and powerful legs. Lower body strength is not one of Desharnais’ main qualities!

Because of their respective forces/weaknesses, Eller on wings and Desharnais at C would provide us with an optimal contribution.

We are currently rolling a tough minutes line (Plekanec’s) + 2 well balanced scoring lines (Desharnais’ and Eller’s) + a defensively reliable 4th line and, as a result, our Habs are currently one of the best teams in the league. Moving Eller on Plekanec’s LW, once Galchneyuk is ready to assume C duties, would only reinforce our tough minutes line.

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