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03-23-2013, 11:56 AM
Kriss E
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Originally Posted by Bullsmith View Post
Subban can me more consistent, and he can get smarter with some of his decisions. Guy's always reminded me of Chelios when he started out, at least in some ways. Just cause he's great doesn't mean he can't improve. Personally I really like the way Therrien's handled his young players. Eller is blooming under him, and Subban is mostly shining.
I'm not giving much credit to Therrien for Eller.
He was cast out after one game when 3/4 of the team was garbage. He was used as a 4th liner with grinders despite playing better than others. Even when DD's line was going nowhere, and even DD looked bad, Eller wasn't given a chance to play center with top 6 players. He was moved to the wing where he never looked comfortable. When it didn't work he was drop down to lower lines again. Injuries happened, and that moved Eller up into a higher position where he would finally center at least one good offensive player. Since then he's turned it up, often looking like our best center our there. However, he still plays with a grinder by his side, and still isn't getting PP ice time.
I'm sure Therrien is coaching him some things, just like every other coach does in the NHL. But I'm not too happy with the way Eller was used. We're lucky to have suffered some injuries and Eller got a chance to show his true potential.

Originally Posted by Stjonnypopo View Post

Michel Therrien is more worried about his potential. You can make 100 nice plays but when you contribute directly to a goal against then you have something to work on.

Subban has the offensive gift but if he can bring his defensive to the elite level then he will be a hell of a player, Norris candidate even.
Even Norris winners make mistakes and can improve.

Originally Posted by ECWHSWI View Post
It's not even about the mistakes IMO, if like you used as an example you make 100 good plays... but you have the potential to make 200... then for that particular player 100 good plays isnt enough.
Well, I wouldn't double it. I don't think PK is only playing up to half his potential.
It's also not a reason to be harsher on him.

We don't know what goes on behind the doors, so it's tough to say how PK is really treated. But I sure hope that his performances don't go unnoticed.

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