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06-23-2013, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Sorinth View Post
It wasn't just the fact that Eller got to play with skilled players like Galchenyuk/Gallagher the fact that those guys were sheltered meant that Eller also got softer minutes and I think that helped a lot as well. Obviously he has to come back healthy and not regress. But I don't see that taking 2 years. I don't mind starting the season with DD as a safety net in case Eller does regress or Galchenyuk still isn't ready but as I said we do that by putting him on the wing right now and re-evaluate things sometime during the season.
Eller had almost 10% lower offensive zone starts than Galchenyuk and 2-3 more icetime/game so not sure they can be compared too much. In fact, his zone starts were close to Plekanec's (47.6% vs 48.7%):

What is your definition of shelter? Both Eller and Galchneyuk seemed to face tougher offensive players/tougher defensive assignment relative to the rest of the team:

Eller's 3rd most common opposition last season was Kadri:

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