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03-19-2013, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Kjell Dahlin View Post
I am not ignoring it: optimisation does imply some sacrifices. Plus, as Plekanec’s LW, Eller would be receiving more TOI. The question is what would be the optimal scenario, from a team perspective, in terms of net contribution.

You underlined that his two ways play would be marginalised on wing but his weaknesses (pug hog, minor case of tunnel vision...) would also be attenuated. Plus, as I mentioned, his TOI would increase as Plekanec’s LW.

Anyhow, Galchnyuk is not ready yet to assume C duties so the status quo is great.

In 1-2 year(s), I can see:

Eller – Plekanec - Bourque
Pacioretty – Desharnais - Gallagher
Prust - Galchenyuk - Gionta
Why do you insist on having Desharnais play center? You've admitted that Eller is the better two-way player and that DD and Pacs have to play sheltered minutes. It's obvious that Eller on the wing doesn't use his two-way ability. Why not:

x – Plekanec - x
Pacioretty – Galchenyuk - Desharnais
x - Eller - x

That uses everybody to their optimal abilities and provides a lot of depth. Can you comment on that please?

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