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03-01-2011, 09:14 PM
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Leblanc vs Eller

Who will be the better player down the road? who has more offensive/defensive upside? In a scenario where the Habs keep both players for the forseeable future, who do you think will be most valuable?

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03-01-2011, 09:19 PM
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IMO, Eller's peak upside is Plekanec, Leblanc's is Todd Marchant.

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IMO, Eller's peak upside is Plekanec, Leblanc's is Todd Marchant.
IMO I don't Eller's playstyle is similar to Pleks...Eller has more handles, less speed, better vision, lesser shot, much better board work, lesser defensively, and can just make some quick moves with soft dangles

either way eller is gonna be a super pimp

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Eller looks to be a poor man's Peca, but bigger.

Leblanc is projected to be like Mike Richards, so at best he'll probably be a poor man's Richards.

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Eller's potential is Mikko Koivu.

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Eller's potential is Mikko Koivu.
I approve of this. Good call.

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Eller's potential is Mikko Koivu.
Yes somewhere between him and Sundin.

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Eller is gold

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Eller, he does more than just lean on the boards.

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IMO, Leblanc's is Todd Marchant.
thee Todd Marchant? no way he'll be that good.

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leblanc is a peca
eller is a poor mans sundin
i'd take eller

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If Eller becomes as good as Mikko ... I'll be very happy.

Eller looked verrrrry good tonight again.

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IMO, Eller's peak upside is Plekanec, Leblanc's is Todd Marchant.
Todd Marchand? WTF?

LeBlanc probably won't be a pure offensive player, but he can shoot the puck and he isn't afraid to go to the net. Worst case he is an all around player that scores 20 a year...best case is a Morrow/Brown type player.

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Personally im not completely sold on Eller. He does a lot of things well but doesn't seem to excel at anything either really. He does need to get stronger thos and put on some weight. I still believe he can be a good second line center but he may be very similar to Gomez and pot only 12-15 goals a year with 40 assists.

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Todd Marchand? WTF?

LeBlanc probably won't be a pure offensive player, but he can shoot the puck and he isn't afraid to go to the net. Worst case he is an all around player that scores 20 a year...best case is a Morrow/Brown type player.
Worst case scenario is he gets 20 goals a year? You are over-hyping the kid. Unless he gains some weight he will be a non-factor when playing against full-grown men.

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Haven't really liked what I've seen from Leblanc. I think Eller will be a stud so I'm going with him

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Worst case scenario is he gets 20 goals a year? You are over-hyping the kid. Unless he gains some weight he will be a non-factor when playing against full-grown men.
Yeah, stupid 19-year olds, why aren't they always physically ready to compete in the highest level of competition there is in hockey?

Leblanc needs to time to bulk up and that's the case with almost all draft picks. Not everyone is physically ready for the NHL right away.

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Yeah, stupid 19-year olds, why aren't they always physically ready to compete in the highest level of competition there is in hockey?

Leblanc needs to time to bulk up and that's the case with almost all draft picks. Not everyone is physically ready for the NHL right away.
The same can be said about Lars Eller to those complaining he's not an offensive force right now.

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really todd marchant
the guy whos played like 15 seasons in the nhl and only got more than 40 pts once

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IMO I don't Eller's playstyle is similar to Pleks...Eller has more handles, less speed, better vision, lesser shot, much better board work, lesser defensively, and can just make some quick moves with soft dangles
Good analysis, I agree with most of it. Although Plekanec's vision has gotten better every year. I was thinking more about Eller's potential offensive production being similar to Plekanec's.

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Todd Marchand? WTF?

LeBlanc probably won't be a pure offensive player, but he can shoot the puck and he isn't afraid to go to the net. Worst case he is an all around player that scores 20 a year...best case is a Morrow/Brown type player.
Both Morrow and Brown dominated their teams in scoring in their 19 year old seasons. I would love for Leblanc to prove me wrong and become a consistent 20 goal scorer in the NHL, but I think that's far from the worst case scenario.

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Yeah, stupid 19-year olds, why aren't they always physically ready to compete in the highest level of competition there is in hockey?

Leblanc needs to time to bulk up and that's the case with almost all draft picks. Not everyone is physically ready for the NHL right away.
Every other 19 year prospect is also bulking up. If Leblanc was getting pushed around in the WJC, you can be certain that he won't be a physical force in the NHL.

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really todd marchant
the guy whos played like 15 seasons in the nhl and only got more than 40 pts once
Marchant is a also a guy who reinvented his game after going pro and became a valuable member of winning teams. A guy who has played 17 seasons in the NHL because of his speed, energy and smarts.

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Every other 19 year prospect is also bulking up. If Leblanc was getting pushed around in the WJC, you can be certain that he won't be a physical force in the NHL.
Pacioretty couldn't physically handle the NHL in his first appearance either, I don't know if you've heard but he's having a pretty good season right now.

Hockey's Future seems to have a lot of people who seem to think the future of their team has to be ready 10 minutes after they're drafted.

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Pacioretty couldn't physically handle the NHL in his first appearance either, I don't know if you've heard but he's having a pretty good season right now.
You misunderstand my point. I don't care how LL stacks up against current NHL'ers. I do think it's relevant that he looks small playing with and against his teenage peers.

Prospects who get pushed around by older players might end up doing the pushing when all is said and done. Players who get pushed around by those the same age and younger? Not so much.

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Marchant is a also a guy who reinvented his game after going pro and became a valuable member of winning teams. A guy who has played 17 seasons in the NHL because of his speed, energy and smarts.
Marchant had such under-the-radar speed in his late-90s days with Edmonton.

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Pacioretty couldn't physically handle the NHL in his first appearance either, I don't know if you've heard but he's having a pretty good season right now.

Hockey's Future seems to have a lot of people who seem to think the future of their team has to be ready 10 minutes after they're drafted.
It's also full of people with sucky attitudes.

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Leblanc may be a right winger on the Habs like he was with Team Canada. I believe McGuire also suggested this. If he gets to center, I agree with the Eller-Koivu and the Leblanc-Richards comparisons.

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Me too I agree with the Eller-Mikko comparison. However, I don't like the Leblanc-Richards comparison. Because, I don't think that Leblanc is going to play with the same hard hitting game that Richards does. Leblanc will play with grit and intensity, much like Patrice Bergeron. Leblanc will be a strong forward with good board play and can put the puck in the net. Anyways, Eller and Leblanc are both future stars for the Canadiens...well, I hope.

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