Lars Eller

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Lars Eller
L.Eller3.JPG
Born(1989-05-08) May 8, 1989 (age 24)
Rødovre, Denmark
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
PositionCentre
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Montreal Canadiens
St. Louis Blues
National team Denmark
NHL Draft13th overall, 2007
St. Louis Blues
Playing career2007–present
 
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Lars Eller
L.Eller3.JPG
Born(1989-05-08) May 8, 1989 (age 24)
Rødovre, Denmark
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
PositionCentre
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Montreal Canadiens
St. Louis Blues
National team Denmark
NHL Draft13th overall, 2007
St. Louis Blues
Playing career2007–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]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
2004–05RødovreU192821264720
2004–05Rødovre SIKDEN-213140
2005–06FrölundaJ20367714620000
2006–07FrölundaJ203918375558841524
2007–08FrölundaJ209448107561114
2007–08BoråsSwe.1192688
2007–08FrölundaSEL14022470112
2008–09FrölundaSEL48121729281031412
2009–10Peoria RivermenAHL7018395784
2009–10St. Louis BluesNHL72024
2010–11Montreal CanadiensNHL77710174870224
2011–12Montreal CanadiensNHL7916122866
2012–13JYPSM-l155101518
2012–13Montreal CanadiensNHL46822304510000
NHL totals20933447716380224
Medal record
Competitor for  Denmark
Ice hockey
IIHF World U18 Championship
Silver2006 LatviaDivision I Group B
Gold2007 PolandDivision I Group B
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
Gold2007 DenmarkDivision I Group A
Silver2009 DenmarkDivision I Group B

International[edit]

YearTeamEventGPGAPtsPIM
2006DenmarkWJC18-D1555108
2007DenmarkWJC-D1525716
2007DenmarkWJC18-D1537106
2008DenmarkWJC633637
2008DenmarkWC60220
2009DenmarkWJC-D1533620
2010DenmarkWC72358
2012DenmarkWC732514
Junior int'l totals2616233987
Senior int'l totals20571222

Personal[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 1995) plays junior hockey for Frölunda HC and represented Denmark at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Eller is married and has a daughter.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European scouting service final rankings- April 07" (PDF). National Hockey League. April 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  2. ^ Bill Meltzer (2007-06-13). "Eller & Frölunda". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  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. ^ http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/daddy+Eller+happy+back/7797111/story.html

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