The Canadiens don't have a bonafide 1st line center who can keep up with a PPG, that's the whole problem with Montreal. But, what we do have are 2 really good 2-way centers in Eller and Pleks who can play on any line. I like DD, but if you have him pegged as a #1 center then its only fair to compare him to other #1 centers and see that with his overall play (what he brings to the table with and without the puck) that he doesn't stand a ghost of a chance to the majority of the others around the NHL. However, I'm not ready to count Eller or Desharnais out from having reached anywhere near their ceiling in potential yet; both of them are having amazing seasons and growing into better stronger players at both ends of the ice. Despite all that, I'm willing to let go of any of our centers for a bonafide #1 center and I'm aware there will need to be more going back to the team we acquire him from.
I disagree: Desharnais is a very solid playmaker and he is great at feeding his wingers.
Eller is not a playmaker and when he needs to take a quick decision (instinct), either he (1) drives the net or (2) shoots. He is not the kind of player that will try to create a play until the last split second.
Imo he would be a better winger than center.
That being mentioned, this team already has good depth on wings so if they decide to keep him at center, I would still be a happy fan: Eller is rapidly becoming one of my favorite players.
His acquisition was a great move by Gauthier.
Agreed wholeheartedly with your views...
Let' suppose that AK gets traded with++for a big center, I'D like to see the new guy with Ellee and Bourque...until the end of the season.
We could keep the yougsters for now on the third and get a real 4th line....Next year
We also need BIG help on defense....
This being said, I do not necessary think Eller MUST be transforemed into a winger, but his versatility would certainly give the coach a possibility of rotating him....and still continue to devellop into a superb , all around player that would not only be a grat asset but a top value for exchange later (5 years)....
DD's only trouble is his size...As long as he can feed his 2 wingers and be a top trio threat, I say don't fix what's not broken....
He does seem to pass a lot more when paired with AK. Give him Darche and Blunden, and yea, he'll try to shoot more.
Plekanec was also criticized for shooting too much when paired with the likes of Darche and Blunden, at least until Darche went into superstar mode.
Desharnais is easily the best 'true' playmaker on this team and I don't want to start this debate again, but you are going to be passing more if you are playing with Cole and Pacioretty than if you play with grinders. Eller doesn't always have the best decision making in front of the net but I'm not ready to say he has a low hockey IQ when he had a good reputation as a playmaker in Sweden.
Originally Posted by brunosevigny
I definitely think he would better fit the winger style of play. God damn this kid has talent but he probably has the worst tunnel vision of the team. Tonight, he scored an awesome goal but palushaj was open for the one timer. Eller never notice that. Moreover, he is real good around the boards. He is kind of an hybrid between a centerman and a winger, but by now he will have to improve his playmaking to become a great centerman in the NHL. If he can't do that, he will never surpass Plekanec.
Originally Posted by BlackStar
Did you watch him closely last year? True, this year he hasn't been as good of a playmaker as I know he is/can be. But the dude has great vision. Last year, I remember him skilfully setting up Darche, and especially Pyatt time after time only to have them waste the scoring chances.
It's odd that you have your mind made up that Eller didn't know Palushaj was open. You know that because he didn't pass to him? Couldn't it be that he didn't pass the puck to him because he simply felt going for the goal himself was the better choice? And he was right, why are you complaining about it?
Eller doesn't lack play-making skills. What he lacks is solid decision-making, When to pass and when to shoot the puck. Last year, at times he was too patient with the puck and would also opt for a pass when he should have been shooting. This year while his decision-making is much better, he seems to be a little too impatient with a play or shoots the puck when he should be passing(this wasnt the case in his goal last night).
He is only still a sophomore. With experience, he will learn to better utilize his offensive skills. It's fairly clear to me that he is a natural centre, and a very good one at that.
I have seen Eller many times forget AK in the clear in the same manner as he did for Palushaj...Don't think Cole ant Pac would accept that kind of selfishness for very long....Telling him to look-up or complain would likely make him think and loose that split decision making to go to the net.....
Remember the 4 goal night, he was perfectly set up TWICE at the edge of the net ( like a winger) where he scored 2 of them that granny would have scored as well????
The wishful thinking of the few doesn't make it true that put at center in lieu of DD, the the new recepe would be better....IF it was the two coaches ( along with the 2 wingers involved) would have come to that conclusion....
IMO, we need, for the moment, to look elsewhere for supposedly problematic remedies on the first line.....
Eller will be our best center by mid way next year. He is getting better everytime we see him and that's with no PP time at all. Once he gets the chance and gets even more confidence the skys the limit.