November 25, 2010

O'Sullivan and Eller Score Garbage Goals for Their Firsts with Their New Teams

They say that the first cut is always the deepest, but when it comes to goals scored in hockey, unless you're Edmonton Oiler Jordan Eberle, they may very well end up being something best locked away in the attic upstairs for fear of remembering something truly ugly. Case in point would be Montreal Canadien Lars Eller and the Minnesota Wild's Patrick O'Sullivan's first goals with their new teams, each being scored on Wednesday night.

Contrary to popular belief, that wasn't Eller's first career goal. He had scored two with the Saint Louis Blues last year. Meanwhile, it may as well have been the first of O'Sullivan's long road travelled of a career. It's somewhat ironic that he'll be looking for a fresh start the same place he got his first ever... only to be tossed aside before ever actually playing a game with the Wild.

It's safe to assume that if he continues to score as he did last night, he'll not only get more ice time to go along with the projected-first-round-pick status he had going for him back in 2003, but also a relatively high spot on the team's depth chart along with some pretty big-name talent: Leading-goal-scorer Cal Cluttberbuck (7)? Kyle Brodziak? Matt Cullen? Eric Nystrom? John Madden? Antti Miettinen? Guillaume Latendresse? Chuck Kobasew? They had all better watch out. There's a new glorified third-liner on the block.

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