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03-21-2013, 04:01 AM
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Originally Posted by thebinne4pres View Post
It's just to compare them whit the same basis.
DD gets powerplay time and Eller don't.

DD did do good with White and Pouliot.....but so is Eller's 28 points in 79 games last year with Blunden/Darche/Moen/Palushaj/Leblanc/Kostitsyn.

For some reason, for one it was enough to get top line duties...for the other, not enough to get top line assigment....but we're talking about the same production considering the Powerplay time.
Why do you cherry pick with the stats so much?
As a rookie, DD got 22pts, Eller 17 pts. 2nd year, Eller gets 28 pts and DD gets 1st line duties. Sure, the PP production could be similar but if you can't understand why DD was good enough for 1st line duties while Eller wasn't, it's quite simple and frankly as much as you may dislike DD, you should clearly be able to see why. Simply put, Eller in rookie year gets 17 pts. 2nd year 28 pts...with 77 and 79 games respectively. You can cherry pick and manipulate the data all you want, DD got 22 pts in his rookie year with 43 games with white and pouliot etc. DD proved he can produce, Eller, up to that point hasn't.
I hope Eller continues to improve and become the monster that we all hope he becomes but up to the beginning of this year, DD has simply out performed Eller. That may certainly change this year and we can all hope Eller bursts out even more but historically, that is the situation.

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