Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Injury Update: Eller to be Ready for Season Opener

Per an article out of Denmark last night, Canadiens forward Lars Eller is recovering well from off-season shoulder surgery, training hard in the gym, and expects to be ready for the season opener as he is ahead of his rehabilitation schedule.

Eller, 22, played a third/fourth line role in his rookie season with the Habs, showing glimpses of skill and offensive playmaking abilities, while using his sturdy frame (6'0", and now 202 lbs, having gained 5 pounds of muscle since season's end) to protect the puck and battle in the corners. Many expect a breakout year offensively for him in 2011-12 as he battles David Desharnais for ice-time at the center position (though it is likely one of the two will shift to wing).

In his interview, Eller states that he had problems with his shoulder for a few seasons, and it would have needed surgery sooner or later anyway. This is encouraging news for Montreal fans, as it means the Eller we see this season may be bigger and better than we saw at any point last, and finally erase any doubts about the trading of Jaroslav Halak.

Eller says he knows that his coaches and teammates expect a lot of him, and he is determined to work hard to reach his full potential. He concludes with his impressions about other Danish players around the league, saying he was inspired by Jannik Hansen's performance in the Stanley Cup Finals, and impressed with Frans Nielsen's season with the New York Islanders.

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