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04-05-2014, 01:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Estimated_Prophet View Post
Eller simply has a terribly low hockey IQ and his confidence is fragile. He has a great physical skillset that allows him to carry the puck and protect it. He is absolutely lost without the puck however, this is the reason that he struggles on the wing and in the current system where Therrien stresses dumping the puck.

It is a vicious circle for him as he needs to rebuild his confidence but in order to do that he needs to be able to carry the puck and dictate where the play is headed as opposed to being lost while chasing the play without the instincts to recover the puck. The end result is shattered confidence and tentative play that just leads to more mistakes. I suspect that he would be far more effective in a puck possession type of system. It is no coincidence that his play went down the toilet when Therrien went from a possession system to a dump and chase scheme early in the season.
Really good post, agree with you completely. Eller is at his best when he is manhandling the puck throughout the O zone

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