Mar 24, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Montreal Canadiens center Lars Eller (81) skates with the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the 1st period at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Szagola-US PRESSWIRE

Lars Eller goes to Finland

Lars Eller became the latest Hab to go overseas to play in the European leagues.

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Apparently he has elected to go to the SM-Liiga of Finland joining the previous season’s champion JYP.

JYP is based out of the Finland’s 7th largest city, Jyväskylä, situated in the inland center of the country, with a metro population of ~170,000 (about the size of Kelowna or Barrie).

Eller joins Boston Bruin Rich Peverly in JYP who has 10 points in 11 games for the club. The other reconizable name to NA fans on JYP is Eric Perrin, previously of the Atlanta Thrashers, who has been their top offensive player over the past 3 seasons.

His new team is one of the best in the Finnish league. JYP stands as the top team in the SM-Liiga with a 4 point lead through 18 games and holds the league’s 2nd best goal differential (+14).

From looking at the JYP depth chart, best guess is that Eller will slot in as the team’s 2nd center behind Perrin.

With Eller now in Finland, every Habs skater of European decent has joined a European pro league during this lockout.

Eller is not returning to Frolunda, the was trained by in the SEL, likely due to the SEL’s restrictions on locked out NHL players. The NHL’s other 3 Danish players are also going to Finland, but to another team.

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