This season, Lars Eller has been an important piece to the Caps offensive department in this beginning of the year, which ranks 6th in the NHL with 140 goals in 45 games. The team played five games and won four of them. The only defeat of the year until then was against the Carolina Hurricanes in the first of the back-to-back games by 3-1 and Eller scored the consolation goal for the Caps.
The 28-year old Danish centre has already scored nine goals and recorded twelve points (21 points) in 44 games this season. In the 2011-12 season, when he was playing for Montreal, Eller scored 16 goals in 79 games, his career-high. In the next season, 2012-13, he recorded 22 assists and 30 points, his career-high for both. Currently, he’s played 44 games and though he possibly can’t record a new career-high for one of those three, the offensive contribution in every line is gonna be important over the long term.
Comparing his current stats with the last season, he’s shown improvement, with similar numbers but pratically in the half of the season. Next season, Eller will become a UFA. He seems to have adapted this season with the Caps and the playoff performance will surely influence the offseason negotiations in order to resign his contract.
Currently, the Caps have started their “bye week”, coming back to the ice just on the next Thursday against the Devils at the Prudential Center. Just one day after that, they’re gonna host Eller’s former team, the Canadiens.