The transformation of Lars Eller into a top 6 scorer is nearly complete. And it’s been a long road for the big Danish forward to get to this point.
Eller spent his youth career between the Danish and Swedish junior leagues. His senior career has included stops in Sweden, the Peoria Rivermen in the AHL, and even a few games with the St. Louis Blues before eventually landing a full-time gig with the Montreal Candiens. And he’s been improving every year.
He was a full timer from day one in Montreal, playing nearly every game over the past three seasons, but it wasn’t until last year that he appeared ready to take the leap into a set up man. He tied for fourth on the team in points and third in assists. His +8 was also one of the best for the Canadiens last year too. Even more impressive? His points total was a career high, despite it being a lockout shortened season, and despite playing more time on the Penalty Kill than on the Powerplay. Only 5 of his 30 points came on the man advantage, showing how difficult of a matchup the 24 year old is becoming.
This year, he’s off to an even better start with 3 goals and 2 assists in his first two games, and currently leaves him tied for second in the league in points and goals (second to Alexander Ovechkin in both categories). It’s a stellar start for a player that has shown signs of blossoming into a dominant player. Will he sustain this kind of scoring pace? Doubtful. But his hot start makes him worthy of Player of the Week honors. Just keep your head up kid, and you’ll do wonderful things.
Here’s to more out of Lars Eller!