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Lars Eller
Born May 8, 1989 (1989-05-08) (age 32)
Rødovre, Denmark
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Washington Capitals
St. Louis Blues Montreal Canadiens
National team Template:Country data Denmark
NHL Draft 13th overall, 2007
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2007–present

Lars Eller (born Lars Fosgaard Eller on May 8, 1989) is a Danish professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Lars was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the first round, 13th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing Career[]

In the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Lars was drafted 13th overall by the St. Louis Blues.

He was the highest ever drafted Danish born and trained player in NHL history until his friend and former teammate Mikkel Bodker 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 he grew up in and became a citizen of Canada before making his pro debut.)

Lars spent part of the 2007–08 season with Borås in the HockeyAllsvenskan on loan from Frölunda.

For the 2009-10 season, Lars moved to North America. His preseason was spoiled by mononucleosis and as a result, he started the season in Peoria.

Lars 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.

Lars appeared in five NHL games before returning to the Peoria Rivermen, finishing the season with seven games for the St. Louis Blues. In Peoria, he was named AHL Rookie of the Month for the month of March and was also selected for the 2009-10 AHL All-Rookie Team.

On June 17, 2010, Lars was traded by the Blues to the Montreal Canadiens along with Ian Schultz in exchange for goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

In the 2010–11 season on November 24, 2010, Lars scored his first goal with the Canadiens, wristing one past Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier.

On January 4, 2012, Lars 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), Lars 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 Lars unconscious during a playoff game at Centre Bell. He was later diagnosed with a concussion along with dental and facial damage.

On June 24, 2016, Eller was traded to the Washington Capitals from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a 2017 second round draft pick(Joni Ikonen) and a 2018 second round draft pick (Oliver Rodrigue).

On October 9, 2016, Eller scored his 1st goal as a Capital against the New York Islanders.

On June 7, 2018, Eller was the first Danish to win the Stanley Cup when he scored the cup-clinching goal to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights.

Career Statistics[]

    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
2014–15 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 15 12 27 42 12 1 2 3 4
2015–16 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 13 13 26 28 __ __ __ __ __
2016–17 Washington Capitals NHL 81 12 13 25 36 13 0 5 5 10
2017-18 Washington Capitals NHL 81 18 20 38 38 24 7 11 18 19
2018–19 Washington Capitals NHL 81 13 23 36 37 7 1 2 3 2
2019–20 Washington Capitals NHL 69 16 23 39 48 5 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 684 132 162 294 460 86 14 31 45 58

4International Statistics[]

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 int'l totals 26 16 23 39 87
Senior int'l totals 20 5 7 12 22

International Play[]

Medal record
Competitor for Template:DEN
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

Personal Life[]

Lars' 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 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 the head coach of Esbjerg IK.

His younger brother Mads (born in 1995) plays junior hockey for Frölunda HC and represented Denmark at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Lars is married and has a daughter.