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04-29-2013, 09:28 PM
Kriss E
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Originally Posted by SouthernHab View Post
OK. I got you now.

Next season, I am all for some changes to the forwards so we are more flexible and have no need to "protect" a player or a line.

This season, you see Eller excelling at defense (a specialist so to speak because he is on the PK as well) and having the skills to shut down 2nd line scorers on other teams while still racking up points as a negative.

I see that as a positive.
No no I don't see it as a negative, Eller finished the year 3pts short of Plekanec, and ahead of DD. His ice time went up a lot since the beginning of the year, and it wasn't a rare occurrence for him to get more ice time than DD. So I just don't think we should be talking about keeping this guy as a shutdown center, and that starting next year, he should no longer be used as a 3rd liner. He's moved up ahead of DD imo, so it would be stupid to keep him on the 3rd line with weaker wingers and little PP time.
Also, that using DD on a third line wouldn't be this big mistake some seem to believe it'll be.

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