Lars Eller

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Lars Eller
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Born (1989-05-08) May 8, 1989 (age 25)
Rødovre, Denmark
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Montreal Canadiens
St. Louis Blues
National team  Denmark
NHL Draft 13th overall, 2007
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2007–present

Lars Fosgaard Eller (born May 8, 1989) is a Danish professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens organization of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the first round, 13th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

In the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, he was drafted 13th overall by the St. Louis Blues.[1] He was the highest ever drafted Danish born and trained player in NHL history until friend and former teammate Mikkel Bødker was selected as number eight overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. (Danish-born Jan Popiel was drafted tenth overall in the 1964 NHL Amateur Draft but grew up in and became a citizen of Canada before making his pro debut.)

Eller spent part of the 2007–08 season with Borås in the HockeyAllsvenskan, on loan from Frölunda.[2]

Eller moved to North America for the 2009–10 season. His preseason was spoiled by mononucleosis and, as a result, he started the season in Peoria. He was called up by St. Louis and made his NHL debut on November 5, 2009 in a game against the Calgary Flames in which the Blues lost 2–1. He scored the only Blues goal, beating Miikka Kiprusoff off of a deflection and had three shots on goal in 9:42 minutes of ice time. Eller appeared in five NHL games before returning to the Peoria Rivermen, finishing the season with seven games for the St. Louis Blues.[3]

In Peoria, Eller was named AHL Rookie of the Month for the month of March and was also selected for the 2009–10 AHL All-Rookie Team.[4][5]

On June 17, 2010, he was traded by the Blues to the Montreal Canadiens, along with Ian Schultz, in exchange for goaltender Jaroslav Halák.[6] In the 2010–11 season on November 24, 2010, Eller scored his first goal with the Canadiens, wristing one past Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier.[7]

On January 4, 2012, Eller scored 4 goals and an assist in a 7–3 victory against the Winnipeg Jets, his first career hat trick. He was the first Montreal Canadien to score 4 goals in one game since Jan Bulis in 2006.

In the fall of 2012, during the NHL lockout, Eller signed a temporary contract with Finnish top-flight club, JYP Jyväskylä. He recorded 5 goals and 10 assists in 15 games.

On May 2, 2013, an open ice check from Ottawa Senators' defenseman Eric Gryba knocked Eller unconscious during a playoff game at Centre Bell. He was later diagnosed with a concussion, along with dental and facial damage.[8]

On July 24, 2014, he signed a four-year contract worth $3.5 million per year to stay with the Canadiens.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Rødovre U19 28 21 26 47 20
2004–05 Rødovre SIK DEN-2 1 3 1 4 0
2005–06 Frölunda J20 36 7 7 14 6 2 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Frölunda J20 39 18 37 55 58 8 4 1 5 24
2007–08 Frölunda J20 9 4 4 8 10 7 5 6 11 14
2007–08 Borås Swe.1 19 2 6 8 8
2007–08 Frölunda SEL 14 0 2 2 4 7 0 1 1 2
2008–09 Frölunda SEL 48 12 17 29 28 10 3 1 4 12
2009–10 Peoria Rivermen AHL 70 18 39 57 84
2009–10 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 2 0 2 4
2010–11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 7 10 17 48 7 0 2 2 4
2011–12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 16 12 28 66
2012–13 JYP SM-l 15 5 10 15 18
2012–13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 46 8 22 30 45 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 12 14 26 68 17 5 8 13 18
NHL totals 286 45 58 103 231 25 5 10 15 22
Medal record
Competitor for  Denmark
Ice hockey
IIHF World U18 Championship
Silver 2006 Latvia Division I Group B
Gold 2007 Poland Division I Group B
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
Gold 2007 Denmark Division I Group A
Silver 2009 Denmark Division I Group B

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Denmark WJC18-D1 5 5 5 10 8
2007 Denmark WJC-D1 5 2 5 7 16
2007 Denmark WJC18-D1 5 3 7 10 6
2008 Denmark WJC 6 3 3 6 37
2008 Denmark WC 6 0 2 2 0
2009 Denmark WJC-D1 5 3 3 6 20
2010 Denmark WC 7 2 3 5 8
2012 Denmark WC 7 3 2 5 14
Junior totals 26 16 23 39 87
Senior totals 20 5 7 12 22

Personal life[edit]

His father, Olaf Eller, is a former Danish international ice hockey player and former coach of several teams in the Superisligaen, as well as Troja/Ljungby in Sweden. Olaf Eller is also a color commentator for Danish TV 2 Sport for the IIHF World Championships and occasionally for games in the AL-Bank Ligaen. He is also head coach of Esbjerg IK.[9] His younger brother Mads (born June 25, 1995) currently plays for the Edmonton Oil Kings (2013-2014 season) of the WHL, and had also played junior hockey for Frölunda HC and represented Denmark at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[10]

Eller and his wife Julie have a daughter.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Eller, Canadiens agree to terms on four-year contract". NHL.com. 2014-07-24. Archived from the original on 2014-11-23. Retrieved 2014-11-22. 
  2. ^ Meltzer, Bill (2007-12-25). "Upstart Denmark determined to build on foundation". NHL.com. Archived from the original on 2014-11-23. Retrieved 2014-11-22. 
  3. ^ Bill Meltzer (2007-06-25). "Eller aims to reward Blues' faith". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  4. ^ "Eller grabs top rookie honor for march". American Hockey League. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2010-04-01. 
  5. ^ "2009-10 All-Rookie Team announced". American Hockey League. 2010-04-07. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  6. ^ "Canadiens deal goaltender Halak to Blues". TSN. June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  7. ^ "Price, Eller lead the way in Canadiens' win over Kings". The Sports Network. 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  8. ^ The Canadian Press (2013-05-02). "Habs' Lars Eller injury overshadows Senators' win". CBC Sports. 
  9. ^ Merk, Martin (2010-11-02). "Danish help for Iceland". IIHF. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  10. ^ "Mads Eller profile". EuroHockey.com. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/daddy+Eller+happy+back/7797111/story.html[dead link]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Patrik Berglund
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
2007
Succeeded by
Ian Cole