Montreal Canadiens young center Lars Eller had a breakout season in 2013, and all indications are he will be able to build on that success next season.
The last Canadiens fans saw of Eller, he was being carted off the Bell Centre ice on a stretcher, following a devastating hit from Ottawa Senators defenseman, Eric Gryba, during game one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
However, during an interview with tsn yesterday, Eller mentioned that not only will be ready to go for training camp in September, but he actually felt fine about two to three weeks after the incident.
Eller set a career high in points during the lockout shortened season with 30, in just 46 games. The 6’2 and 210 pound native of Denmark, was the centerpiece of a deal that sent Habs 2010 Playoff hero Jaroslav Halak to the St. Louis Blues.
Lars was finally given a chance to play with skilled wingers on a regular basis this past season, regularly forming a trio with fellow younsters Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher, and it helped him bring his offensive game to a new level.
Hearing that Eller is going to be one hundred percent healthy heading into next season is a breath of fresh air for Habs fans. It appears he will be given every opportunity to prove he can be the big two way center that the Canadiens have been craving for years
Eller’s career trajectory has been pointing skyward since his rookie campaign in 2010-11. It is good news to hear that will not be put in jeopardy by a dirty hit.