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06-13-2013, 11:39 PM
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Originally Posted by poetryinmotion View Post
Do you know this for sure? Eller is pretty beast in both areas.

If so than he got my attention.
I think Ellers hockey sense and vision are better than De La Rosa . With the larger international surface there is more room as the checking is not as tight or challenging, but De la Rosa has a more north south attack the net kind of game than Eller had when drafted from what I have seen and his stick handling is pretty good. In terms of the physical play though Eller was pretty much NHL size when drafted, De La Rosa needs another 10-15 pounds to get there, but despite that I think he was more willing to initiate contact and drive the net than Eller was. Now as Eller has gotten bigger and stronger his physical game has come along great obviously. Just thinking that if De La Rosa gets bigger and stronger, with his willingness to play physical, that he will play that solid physical game at the NHL level. Not bone crushing physical , but a skill guy who will hit and fight his way to the net.

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