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Lars Eller
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Born May 8, 1989 (1989-05-08) (age 28)
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
Montreal Canadiens
St. Louis Blues
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 CareerEdit

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.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Rødovre U19 2821264720
2004–05 Rødovre SIK DEN-2 13140
2005–06 Frölunda J20 3677146 20000
2006–07 Frölunda J20 3918375558 841524
2007–08 Frölunda J20 944810 7561114
2007–08 Borås Swe.1 192688
2007–08 Frölunda SEL 140224 70112
2008–09 Frölunda SEL 4812172928 1031412
2009–10 Peoria Rivermen AHL 7018395784
2009–10 St. Louis Blues NHL 72024
2010–11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 777101748 7 0 2 2 4
2011–12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7916122866
2012–13 JYP SM-l 155101518
2012–13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 468223045 10000
NHL totals 209 33 44 77 163 8 0 2 2 4

International StatisticsEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Denmark WJC18-D1 555108
2007 Denmark WJC-D1 525716
2007 Denmark WJC18-D1 537106
2008 Denmark WJC 633637
2008 Denmark WC 60220
2009 Denmark WJC-D1 533620
2010 Denmark WC 72358
2012 Denmark WC 732514
Junior int'l totals 26 16 23 39 87
Senior int'l totals 20 5 7 12 22

International PlayEdit

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 LifeEdit

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.

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