Hopefully Lars is still with the team on Sunday. If McDonald is ready to return to the lineup by then, Lars could very well find himself back in Peoria before Sunday.
Personally, I hope the team can find a way to keep Lars in the lineup.
My fingers are crossed that Winchester gets to sit out and Murray will finally do one of those weird line combinations; where he throws a top 6 guy on a line with defensive or check-first players keeping Eller in the top 6 instead of a slumping veteran.
There's an interview with Eller at the Danish website, sporten.dk - won't go too much into detail, as he basically says the say things as he's said to the local press. However, he did outline his top 5 biggest moments of his hockey career - and while it's not too surprising, it's still sorta fun:
1. His NHL debut
2. Getting drafted in 2007
3. His World Championships debut in Quebec 2008
4. His first Swedish Junior championship (J20) with Frölunda in 2006
5. Getting promoted with the J20 World Championship team in 2006 (to the A-pool)
In brother in law were his coach when he were like 10-12 years old, and has always stated that he'd go far. He coached both Lars Eller as well as Phoenix's Mikkel Boedker, so that's pretty cool.
The Blues had better keep him up with them. He can't help them in Peoria, and can improve his game and experience more in The NHL. They need his energy, hitting, skating, offensive skills. He's added energy to Berglund, too.
Saw the writing on the wall. Had two exciting games and then seemed to get lost. Yeah, his ice time shrank, but he didn't do anything the last 3 games to call that into question. Also, I'd guess Winchester has a fire under his ass now....maybe he's looked good in practice? (No, I'm not suggesting Winchester's ceiling competes with Eller's).
More minutes in Peoria will be good.
I'm disappointed he didn't stick, but I think the decision makes sense. I hope we see him back, maybe after the Olympics for a longer duration. Next call-up will probably be Armstrong or Stastny.
Best move for him IMO. If Murray is going to make a habit out of only playing him slightly more than Cam Janssen, it's best for him to play big minutes in Peoria.
I just wish Pietrangelo had the same opportunity.
I think Pietro's doing fine. He'll start next game. When he's in the lineup, he gets plenty of minutes. The team probably needs to decide who the 8th defenseman is and move him. But Pietro will get nights off all through the season. I don't have a big problem with that. He'll still probably play more games than he did last year, and have the benefit of NHL practices in between, without getting overly fatigued by a full schedule.
Obviously the Blues felt they wanted to give Winchester another shot in the lineup tomorrow night and since it really makes no sense for Eller to just sit in the pressbox when he could instead be helping out the Rivermen, that's where he is. I assume he'll be in the lineup for the Rivs tonight against Abbotsville and then again tomorrow night against Milwaukee.
This should have been fairly expected. He'll likely find himself in a Blues jersey soon enough though. Nothing to get worked up over.
Yeah, because benching Perron and playing EJ in certain situations as rookies has worked out so poorly.
The difference between Perron his rook year and Eller is we dont have to just bench Eller. We can send him down to the Rivermen so he can get solid playing time.
He looked lost in the last 3 games. Wasn't physical.... did create chances, just kind of wandering around on the ice.
And their benchings and situational play was done while up and training with the big club over the course of the entire season. Also, it's hard to really get any kind of flow to your game when you're playing 6 minutes a night. If his icetime was a direct result of them knowing he was tired after 2 games, why not relay that info to the fans so that there is less speculation as to why Eller's getting 4th line goon minutes when he clearly has the ability to affect the game in a more meaningful manner? The way I see it, his lackluster play was a direct result of playing so little. Again, it's difficult to build shift to shift consistency when you're getting maybe 4 shifts per period.
All that said, as many others have pointed out, if he won't be playing but 6 minutes a night in the NHL, he should be in the AHL playing a lot more and building confidence rather than languishing on the bench.