I still see a ton of upside in Eller if he would ever get any kind of minutes.
Give him PP time and some decent wingers and you have a potential #2C, that can play PK.
I don't see that same upside in Desharnais unfortunately.
*DISCLAIMER* Just because I would trade Desharnais over Eller it does not mean I am anti-Franco (I'm a Francophone), nor do I obsess over size. He could be named Jimmy Smith from Saskatoon, and be 6'5 for all I care. I am basing this off his play this year, not his ethnicity or solely his size.
Another thread to &?%& on desharnais. Of course everybody will take Eller before him.
Desharnais makes 850 000$ We all know he's small and weak nothing new this season. Not his problem if MT give him 20+ minutes. Not saying I like him as a player because I would trade him tomorow if the price was right but at the moment, he's probably on the of cheapest offensive (not saying he's productive at the moment) guy in the league at that salary (excluding the rookies).
If you asked me who would I want to be more successful, easily Eller. But DD has had some success, that I think ppl don't give him fully give him credit for.
But if DD doesn't pick up his play soon, you can't really put too much faith in him going forward.
One thing that bothers me in regards to Eller, is under 3 different coaches he has found a way to get into the dog house. I'm not hockey expert, but I don't excatly see what they see, but its got to be something that he needs to improve on that they are seeing.
-Desharnais produced over PPG pace 2 years in a row in the AHL.
-DD's produced 60 points in the NHL
-Eller (with worse minutes and linemates) produced 28 points. We don't know for sure what his offensive upside is. He could have a 45 point ceiling for all I know...
-DD's always been a Plus player in the AHL and NHL
-Cause and Effect has not been clearly determined in the MaxPac-Cole-DD slow-motion car crash. Did all 3 just decide not to suit up this season? Is it Cole? What's up with MaxPac?
I keep Eller. Bigger, better skater, better finisher. Can't give up on him.
I just don't believe you can compete with the better teams with DD as a top 6 center ; he's just too limited physically. But I still think Desharnais should be tried on the wing of an offensive line before trading him.