|Assets:||A good skater, he doesn't mind playing in high-traffic areas and also displays sound defensive acumen and penalty-killing prowess. Has playmaking skills and creativity, some finish and the versatility to play either center or wing.|
|Flaws:||Needs to improve his shot in order to score more goals at the highest level. Must also continue gaining more strength to better handle bigger defenders and the rigors of the National Hockey League.|
|Career Potential:||Talented two-way forward with upside.|
|5/09/2013||Missed the last 4 playoff games (concussion).|
|5/03/2013||Concussion, sidelined indefinitely.|
|10/29/2012||Signed with JYP (Finland).|
|7/06/2012||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Montreal Canadiens to a two-year contract.|
|6/25/2012||Montreal Canadiens tendered a qualifying offer.|
|12/10/2011||Fined $2,500 by the NHL.|
|10/13/2011||Missed 2 games (right shoulder surgery).|
|10/05/2011||Right shoulder surgery, injured reserve.|
|6/17/2010||Acquired from the St. Louis Blues.|
|4/08/2010||Recalled from Peoria (AHL).|
|11/13/2009||Assigned to Peoria (AHL).|
|11/04/2009||Recalled from Peoria (AHL).|
|9/20/2009||Assigned to Peoria (AHL).|
|5/13/2008||Signed by the St. Louis Blues.|
|6/17/2010||Montreal Canadiens traded Jaroslav Halak to the St. Louis Blues for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.|
|6/22/2007||Drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 1st round (13th overall) in 2007.|
Lars Eller is on the mend from concussion | 05/13/2013 10:56 AM
NewsLars Eller has no recollection of the crushing hit he received from Ottawa's Eric Gryba that gave him a concussion and a broken nose.
Impact"It happened so fast. I don't remember anything of it happening on the ice" he said. "I don't remember getting carried off the ice, trying to get up, all that stuff." He lost consciousness but he is making positive strides in his recovery now. He skated twice last week with Pierre Allard, who serves as Montreal's strength and conditioning coach. Eller said he's "been feeling really good for the last three or four days," which has allowed him to ramp up his training. Concussions can be tricky to predict, but it looks like he will OK for next season. We'll keep you posted on his status if updates emerge over the summer.
Lars Eller was on the ice Wednesday | 05/08/2013 3:45 PM
NewsLars Eller (concussion) skated on Wednesday.
Marc Antoine Godin on Twitter
ImpactGiven the nature of his injuries, there probably wouldn't be a timetable for Eller's return even if this wasn't the playoffs. That being said, it would be surprising if he was able to play in the near future. He suffered a concussion and facial fractures when he was leveled by Eric Gryba.
Lars Eller visits Canadiens teammates Sunday | 05/05/2013 1:59 PM
NewsTo the delight of his teammates, Lars Eller visited his Montreal Canadiens teammates on Sunday.
Dave Stubbs on Twitter
ImpactWhile the word is that he's making progress, there's no real window for his return. It seems reasonable to say that he won't be back any time in the first round - maybe the playoffs overall - but you never know with hockey players in the postseason. Pretty safe to drop him, though.
Lars Eller (concussion) out of the hospital | 05/03/2013 4:14 PM
NewsLars Eller (concussion) has been released from the hospital.
ImpactEller had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher after Eric Gryba leveled him. Gryba has received a two-game suspension for his actions. In addition to a concussion, Eller temporarily lost consciousness and suffered facial fractures.
Lars Eller playing well as playoffs near | 04/29/2013 11:38 AM
NewsLars Eller will enter the postseason on a high note.
ImpactHe enjoyed an excellent game against Toronto in Saturday's regular season finale by posting one goal, two assists and a team-leading six hits. The three-point effort stretched his point streak to three games to close out the year. Eller has played well between rookies Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk down the stretch.
Lars Eller scores in Tuesday's loss | 04/24/2013 10:32 AM
NewsLars Eller potted his seventh goal of the season in Tuesday's loss to New Jersey.
ImpactHe has tallied 25 points in 44 games for the Canadiens this season, which is close to his previous high of 28 points that he set last year.
Eller, Desharnais enjoy two assist nights | 04/18/2013 12:29 AM
NewsLars Eller and David Desharnais both had two assist nights in Montreal's 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
ImpactDesharnais has 26 points this season while Eller has 24. Andrei Markov, Gabriel Dumont, Brian Gionta and Alex Galchenyuk were the goal scorers for Montreal.
Lars Eller scores twice in loss to Capitals | 04/09/2013 10:25 PM
NewsLars Eller potted both goals for Montreal in a 3-2 loss to Washington on Tuesday night.
ImpactHe has four points in his last three games, but prior to that he had been very quiet offensively. Eller has six markers and 21 points in 37 matches this season. Rookie Alex Galchenyuk assisted on both of Eller's goals in the contest.
Lars Eller plays 'phenomenal' game Wednesday | 03/14/2013 10:08 AM
NewsLars Eller "was phenomenal," according to coach Michel Therrien, in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win over Ottawa.
ImpactHe joined Gabriel Dumont and Alex Galchenyuk on a bit of an odd-ball combination and the trio came through with a strong effort. Eller returned to his natural position at center he looked much more comfortable. He finished the game with a goal on seven shots and he supplied the Canadiens with the shootout winner. Eller also won nine of the 16 draws he took.
Lars Eller helps propel Habs over Rangers | 02/20/2013 11:02 AM
NewsLars Eller helped Montreal score the game-winning goal Tuesday by blocking a shot in his own end.
Impact"It starts with the defense," Eller said. "We break up a play, and small things make a difference because it goes from being a 3-on-1 for them to a 3-on-1 for us." Rookie forward Alex Galchenyuk got the game winner with assists going to Eller and Brandon Prust.
Lars Eller might get more responsibilities | 02/11/2013 11:01 AM
NewsLars Eller might go from healthy scratch to first liner.
ImpactEller spent back-to-back games in the press box earlier this season, but he's been more impressive lately even if his offensive numbers don't reflect it. With the Canadiens, and Erik Cole in particular, struggling lately, Eller might get more responsibilities. He's worth keeping an eye on, although we don't think he's worth picking up in standard leagues yet.
Lars Eller leads Montreal past Buffalo | 02/02/2013 5:54 PM
NewsLars Eller had a goal and two assists in Montreal's 6-1 victory Saturday.
ImpactDavid Desharnais and Rene Bourque each scored twice for Montreal. Brendan Gallagher accounted for Montreal's other goal. Alex Galchenyuk registered his fifth and sixth assists of the season.
Lars Eller eager to bounce back | 01/29/2013 8:24 AM
NewsLars Eller is eager to make the most of his second chance with the Canadiens after being sat by coach Michel Therrien for a lack of intensity.
ImpactHe returned to the lineup on Sunday alongside David Desharnais and Erik Cole because of Max Pacioretty's absence due to an appendectomy. Eller, who had been a healthy scratch for the team's previous two games, had three shots on goal and three hits in the contest.
Lars Eller is expected to play Sunday | 01/26/2013 6:04 PM
NewsLars Eller will play on Sunday after spending two straight games in the press box.
ImpactEller has no points in one game with Montreal this season. He's worth keeping an eye on in standard fantasy leagues.
Lars Eller will probably sit again Thursday | 01/24/2013 11:18 AM
NewsLars Eller was a healthy scratch in Tuesday's win over Florida and coach Michel Therrien is expected to use the same lineup for Thursday's match in Washington.
Impact"There's no one from (Tuesday's) lineup that deserves to be taken out," Therrien said Wednesday. Eller logged 12:33 of ice time and recorded two shots in the Canadiens' home opener loss to Toronto.
Lars Eller preps for tough camp, season | 01/10/2013 10:35 AM
NewsLars Eller arrived in Montreal from Finland on Monday night.
ImpactPrior to the end of the lockout he planned to return to North America to prepare for training camp in the event that a deal could be reached to save the season. "In case the NHL starts, I want to be rested," Eller told Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette last Saturday, 18 hours before the lockout was settled. "If we start, (camp) is going to be a tough program, right from the get-go, with a lot of players who haven't been playing, and I expect that to be really hard. And once we start playing, we'll probably have games every other day." During the work stoppage, he played for JYP Jyvaskyla of the SM-liiga where he registered five goals and 10 assists in 15 games. He played exclusively at center in Filand whereas in Montreal he typically gets placed on the wing.
Lars Eller to return to N.A. after Saturday | 01/04/2013 4:37 PM
NewsLars Eller will reportedly head back to North America following Saturday's contest against SaiPa.
Matias Strozyk on Twitter
ImpactEller is returning to see what happens with regard to the 2012-13 NHL season because indications are that the campaign could saved or completely lost in the near future. He has totaled five goals and 15 points in 15 games with JYP Jyvaskyla in Finland's top league this year.
|1/24/2013||Mtl||Wsh||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|1/22/2013||Mtl||Fla||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|Swe Jr.||Total||Swe Jr.||84||29||48||77||-||74||-||-||-||-||-||0.92|
|Swe Jr.||Total||Swe Jr.||17||9||7||16||-||38||-||-||-||-||-||0.94|
|Goals||2||vs. Wsh||Apr 9||4|
|Assists||2||8 times-last:at Tor||last:Apr 27||2|
|Points||3||3 times-last:at Tor||last:Apr 27||5|
|Penalty Minutes||15||vs. Phi||Apr 15||12|
|Plus/Minus||3||at Tor||Apr 27||4|
|Power Play Goals||1||vs. NYR||Feb 23||1|
|Power Play Points||2||vs. Wpg||Apr 4||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||46 times-last:at Tor||last:Apr 27||1|
|Shorthanded Points||0||46 times-last:at Tor||last:Apr 27||1|
|Shots||7||vs. Ott||Mar 13||6|
|Penalty Minutes||66||2011-12 (Mtl)|
|Power Play Goals||2||2011-12 (Mtl)|
|Shorthanded Goals||2||2011-12 (Mtl)|
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