I am absolutely pissed how we have a solid talent like him rotting on bottom lines
he has solid vision and why he cant play on the second powerplay unit or once
in a while take a top 6 role is beyond me , especially when a Pleks ..Gomy havent
produced in this series.
Hopefully next year he gets his due because he is solid 50-60 point player in the
making and legit top 6 for us and as good a center prospect we have had in over a decade .
If he's playing so well on the 3rd line, how can he be rotting?
The kid is 21, he played absolutely dominating last night (and for some of the series) and a big reason for that confidence is the fact that JM didn't shove him on the 1st line where if he didn't score a goal every game, fans would call him a bust.
But I agree, he's going to be so good in a couple years when he matures, it's exciting to see
12 min/game is pretty good icetime for a rookie. Every time he's on the ice you notice him. Heck you can see him gaining confidence as he's holding on the the puck longer and longer each game. He's been one of our most physical players too with 17 hits in 5 games these playoffs. Very excited to see how he progresses next season. Since he's being brought up very slowly, he'll likely improve next season assuming Martin gives him more icetime/powerplay time. I'm kinda nervous Subban might hit the sophomore slump (pretty common for D who have huge roles and success in their rookie seasons).
I like that we've had the progression we've seen now from Eller, and before that Desharnais, and before that Pacioretty... because I think we're going to need a strong cast of scoring options, that's just the way our roster is probably going to be for the next few years with the big contract guys up front not being superstars. Possibility is there for a strong D, a great goalie, and... well, not a potent offense at all, but hopefully one that develops some additional balance to try to make up for lacking a gamebreaker.
i really like what ive seen in the playoffs from him, but im not sure he should be getting 2nd line minutes yet.
He still lacks vision on the offensive side. He will come around. Keep him where he is doing well.
Actually i am very pleased with the use of Lars Eller. He has been put in a position where he has been challenged defensively. His time has been somewhat limited and expectations kept low. Remember that we, the fans, can put excess pressure on a player by expecting too much to soon.
I feel like Lars needs to improve his shot and offensive flair, for next year. Hopefully we start him on the third line but with offensive minded players. I would like to see a Kost-eller-pouliot line for next year.
As much as I hate to see Gomez on the ice at all I'm glad to see that too much pressure isn't being put on Eller. The last thing I'd like to see is Kadriesque attention put on a young player still trying to learn the game. I will say that Pleks needs to start putting up points. I see the effort from him but the results aren't there.
I say leave Eller where he is for now instead of hoping for him to save the team in his rookie season.
The guy is plain awesome with the puck on his stick. He has the ability to control the play in the 3 zones when his game is on, wich is a gifted talent only a few hockey players possess. If he can somewhat turn in a poorman Zetterberg (more like 60-65 pts) it would be great.
But for the moment I like the fact that he is somewhat playing under the radar not having the pressure to absolutely score goals and get points. Plus he is a very mature kid wich is awesome, hell he's 21 and already married.
Eller is gonna be so awesome - already one of my favorite players on the team. He's really taken big strides since the start of the season and becomes more confident with the puck every game. I constantly see him backchecking hard and love the physical edge he brings.
I think we'll see big things out of him, Desharnais, and Pacioretty next year.
I've liked his progression so far, and think he has played very well in the playoffs. No need to put extra pressure on him right now to save the playoffs. Hopefully he puts in a lot of work in the gym in the offseason and adds a lot of strength. I honestly can see him turn into a #1 center (lots more progression to go though). Not saying he is going to be a superstar or anything, but he has the skills, awareness in all 3 zones, and good size (especially when he gets stronger as he matures). In the pre-season, I would like to see him tried at center with Pacioretty and Gionta, I think that could be a good line.