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The Center Pole : who are the futur 4 center!!

View Poll Results: What is your top 4 !
Plekanec 130 79.27%
Deshanais 99 60.37%
Eller 145 88.41%
Gomez 8 4.88%
White 26 15.85%
Nokelainen 2 1.22%
Leblanc 34 20.73%
Bournival 40 24.39%
Galchenyuk 136 82.93%
Dumont 7 4.27%
Vail 10 6.10%
Pribyl 1 0.61%
Cichy 2 1.22%
Nattinen 5 3.05%
Geoffrion 6 3.66%
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11-01-2012, 08:55 PM
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The Center Pole : who are the futur 4 center!!

So we have a great decision to come who are going to be the future of this team and it,s now all about the Centerman !! We have a great Goalie and a good D-Pack but who are the ones to make our foward face-off ?

Here are the Names :

Tomas Plekanec
Scott Gomez
David Desharnais
Lars Eller
Ryan White
Petteri Nokelainen


ROOKIES/FUTURES

1. Alex Galchenyuk CHL 8.5 C
2. Louis Leblanc Pro 7.0 B
3. Michael Bournival Pro 7.0 C
4. Joonas Nattinen Pro 7.0 D
5. Gabriel Dumont Pro 6.5 C
6. Brady Vail CHL 6.5 C
7. Daniel Pribyl Europe 6.5 C
8. Dustin Walsh NCAA 6.0 D
9. Michael Cichy NCAA 6.0 D

Who are the top 4 for this year and the next one ?

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11-01-2012, 09:08 PM
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Plekanec, Eller and Desharnais are our best three right now and Galchenyuk is hopefully going to be better than all three soon. So I went with those 4.

Position wise someone is going to have to move to wing though. My guess would be Desharnais. Good problem to have, I believe NHL teams need strong centers to be contenders

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you can Also list your centerman for the years to come like this :

12-13

Desharnais
Plekanec
Eller
White

13-14

Desharnais
Galchenyuk
Eller
Leblanc


*** (this is an example) !!!

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11-01-2012, 09:50 PM
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DD, Eller, Galchenyuk, and White as soon as possible. Use Plekanec to get a young LW and some picks to retool faster. If not Plekanec, then Eller should go for a young LW, but Eller won't get the return Pleks will. I would hate to art with Pleks, but it is a sound move, long term, based on salary and trade value.

It is nice to have these kinds of problems, for once, lol.

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11-01-2012, 10:02 PM
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One reason losing this season sucks so much - I can't answer this without seeing how Plekanec, Eller and Desharnais do in another year, mostly to have a better idea what Eller's upside is and to see how Desharnais adapts.

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1st line: MacKinnon/Barkov, whom we get to draft after finishing in the lottery in a strike-shortened 2012-2013 season.
2nd line: Galchenyuk
3rd line: Eller
4th line: Spare part.

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In 3 years, I hope Galchenyuk and Eller are our 2 top6 centermen and Dumont the 4th line centermen. I've really grown to like his game and IMO? If he's surrounded by big players protecting him, he could turn out something special. A Max Lappierre with balls would be nice.

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1. Galchenyuk
2. Desharnais (highly underrated player around here. Being the only small center on roster, he fits the bill pefectly as 2nd line C)
3. Bournival
4. Vail

Eller traded for veteran later.
Pleks plays out remainder of contract.
Gomez contract expires.
Dumont almost makes top four.
Leblanc, White play as wingers.
Nattinen has to improve skating to make NHL.
Geoffrion's future is at wing, if he is still in the org. Pribyl needs to improve skating. Cichy serious long shot.

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Next year i'm hoping for

Plekanec
Galchenyuk
Eller
Dumont/White

DD need to play at wing or trade him for a top winger...

In the Future

Galchenyuk
Plekanec
Eller
Bournival

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1. Galchenyuk
2. Desharnais (highly underrated player around here. Being the only small center on roster, he fits the bill pefectly as 2nd line C)
3. Bournival
4. Vail

Eller traded for veteran later.
Pleks plays out remainder of contract.
Gomez contract expires.
Dumont almost makes top four.
Leblanc, White play as wingers.
Nattinen has to improve skating to make NHL.
Geoffrion's future is at wing, if he is still in the org. Pribyl needs to improve skating. Cichy serious long shot.

I really don't like the idea of trading Lars Eller, IMO he his the best 3rd line option you can get going forward, he can step up in the top6 in case of injuries without any doubt.

To DAChampion: I really hope we pick Jonathan Drouin if we don't get a top 3 picks, he would look amazing on Galchenyuk wing.

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DD, Eller, Galchenyuk, and White as soon as possible. Use Plekanec to get a young LW and some picks to retool faster. If not Plekanec, then Eller should go for a young LW, but Eller won't get the return Pleks will. I would hate to art with Pleks, but it is a sound move, long term, based on salary and trade value.

It is nice to have these kinds of problems, for once, lol.
Agreed, and trading Eller would be incredibly dumb IMO. Last season he had a surgicaly repaired shoulder during the off-season with no training camp and finished with 15 goals while playing half the time at LW and crappy players.

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1. Galchenyuk
2. Desharnais (highly underrated player around here. Being the only small center on roster, he fits the bill pefectly as 2nd line C)
3. Bournival
4. Vail

Eller traded for veteran later.
Pleks plays out remainder of contract.
Gomez contract expires.
Dumont almost makes top four.
Leblanc, White play as wingers.
Nattinen has to improve skating to make NHL.
Geoffrion's future is at wing, if he is still in the org. Pribyl needs to improve skating. Cichy serious long shot.
Ouch!

Plekanec eat Desharnais alive and its not even close.. It will get clearer as soon as the game resume..


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~3 seasons down the road I'd like to see

1. Galchenyuk
2. Eller
3. Plekanec
4. White


keep Desharnais and put him on the wing somewhere in the top 6, put Leblanc on Plek's wing to help form a defensively solid 3rd line with some scoring potential

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I wouldn't mind seeing experiments with using both Eller and Desharnais on the wing. Eller has been poor there in the past but he's a very complete player and I know people want more size/strength on the wing, and Desharnais is a power play beast but has certain obvious limitations.

Trading anyone right now would be a big mistake IMO, both of them and Plekanec can only be worth more if the team doesn't stink it up. Also I'd like to see if Desharnais can get anything out of Bourque in softer minutes.

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MacKinnon,Galchenyuk,Plekanec and Eller,the Habs new centers next season.

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I would move Desharnais to the wing and keep Plekanec. If it doesn't work out I'd trade Desharnais. Galchenyuk, Eller and Plekanec is about as strong a center lineup you could have (outside of Crosby Malkin and what used to be Staal). Not a single one dimensional player there, no need to worry about organizing soft matchups. All three could play in any situation. Would be a mistake to trade Plekanec if Galchenyuk develops into what he can be.

Yes, obviously every coach worried or at least should worry about matchups, but that center depth gives a coach much more flexibility.

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Pribyl, Cichy, Geoffrion, Nokelainen


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I like Plekanec, but he is not as gritty and mentally tough as Desharnais, so I give the edge to Desharnais.

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In 3-4 years when Plekanec turns 34 years old:

Galchenyuk
Desharnais
Plekanec
Bournival

With Eller and White playing on wings.

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In 3-4 years when Plekanec turns 34 years old:

Galchenyuk
Desharnais
Plekanec
Bournival

With Eller and White playing on wings.
Interesting, but the one problem is that our centers are still way too soft/small.

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~3 seasons down the road I'd like to see

1. Galchenyuk
2. Eller
3. Plekanec
4. White/Dumont


keep Desharnais and put him on the wing somewhere in the top 6, put Leblanc on Plek's wing to help form a defensively solid 3rd line with some scoring potential
I would have that also, Anyone who wants to trade pleks is dumb.
Pleks plays his heart out every night.
he is used in any and every game situation and he excels.
He is matched against opposing teams best players to shut them down, giving him the tough matchup leaves easier matchup for other lines.
Give him consistent quality linemates and he will produce good point totals

imo one of Eller, Desharnais or Gally will be moved to wing.

Leblanc will play wing, as will Bournival

Habs fans have been complaining about center depth for years. Now they finally have some quality players and depth and we need to trade them away all of a sudden? NO


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I think everyone is underestimating DD's play at center. A playmaker like him needs many options, and being on the wing will limit those options a bit as he will already be dedicated to one side.

Eller will most likely be moved to wing, and hopefully he can develop a knack for it.

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Interesting, but the one problem is that our centers are still way too soft/small.
I just noticed that you had Vail on 4th and I must admit that I know nothing about him! What are his strengths/weaknesses?

As for the lack of size down the middle, I think we have the necessary size on wings to appropriately surround our small but feisty centers: Cole, Pacioretty, Bourque, Quailer, (Eller), Moen, Prust, White... Size up front is a concern but from my perspective it is a question of balance.

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Ouch!

Plekanec eat Desharnais alive and its not even close.. It will get clearer as soon as the game resume..
Desharnais is 4 years younger, he is local talent, his salaray cap is lower, he doesn't fear to go in front of the net to complete a play and he has a better ice Q than Plekanec. Plekanec is a no show in playoffs and has a better value on the trade market. If one of them is traded it's gonna be Plekanec.

For 2012-2013

1- Desharnais
2- Plekanec
3- Eller

For 2013-2014

1-Desharnais
2-Plekanec
3- Galchenyuk

Eller will be the first to leave Montreal. I could see him in a package deal with Diaz and a 2nd draft pick for a real good young top 6 winger.

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Desharnais is 4 years younger, he is local talent, his salaray cap is lower, he doesn't fear to go in front of the net to complete a play and he has a better ice Q than Plekanec. Plekanec is a no show in playoffs and has a better value on the trade market. If one of them is traded it's gonna be Plekanec.
Desharnais will be a RFA and won't be making peanuts any more. How many millions will he cost?

Plekanec has more trade value because he is the better player!


Also, trading Eller would be a huge mistake.

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