For that exact same reason, I would be inclined to go with Eller. I've been to many Habs games this past season and I can say that the kid is really coming into his game.
Originally Posted by GMantooth
I don't think the Gryba hit will phase him; just look how Paciorrety came back strong! I think we can expect Eller to play an important role for the Habs come next year. There is one slight problem though, in regards to his FOW situation... The Canadiens have 4 ''2nd line'' centermen that they spread out amongst their top 3 lines (Plekanec, Desharnais, Eller, Galchenyuk). If Eller was to get some FOWs, I do not see him dethrowning Plekanec or Desharnais on the top 2 lines (at least not early on), so that would mean that he would most likely get 3rd line duties, which would hurt his overall production.
Best case scenario would be for Eller to go back on the wing in order to play on the top 2 lines. However, I can see the Habs rolling with the following lines early on in 2013-14:
Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher (could become the 2nd line halfway through the season though)
Moen-Bickell (yes, I went there)-Prust
Keeper league 16 teams (H2H, 20 active players keep 16 NHLers, 15 minors; Championships 2009-10, 2013-14)
Scoring Cats: G-A-PTS-PPG-PPA-(+/-)-PIM-SHP-SOG-FOW-GWG / W-L-SVS-SV%-GAA-SO
(Potential keepers in bold 13/16, fringe players underlined 7/3, must cut 4.
C- Crosby, Pavelski, Toews, Stastny, Brassard, Plekanec
W- Benn, Voracek, Forsberg, Okposo, Sheary, Nyquist, Burakovsky
D- Carlson, Yandle, Provorov, Niskanen
G- Price, Hellebuyck, Greiss, Pickard, Halak, Varlamov
F: Milano, N.Schmaltz, Dvorak, Hawryluk, Merkley, Senyshyn, Beauvillier, McLeod
D: Pulock, Montour, Lindell, Juolevi
G: Martin, Taylor