Capitals’ Lars Eller on Tough East Division: “I Think There’s A Very Good Team That’s Not Going To Make The Playoffs”

On Thursday, Washington Capitals center Lars Eller spoke to the media on a Zoom call following the team’s first scrimmage on the fourth day of the 2020-21 training camp. He discussed playing under head coach Peter Laviolette‘s system and why starting off strong will be beneficial in a tough East division.

Since Monday’s start of camp, Eller describes playing under Laviolette’s system as “very direct and straight to the point”. “He’s been really clear about what he wants us to do,” Eller said. He knows there will be some changes, referencing playing “a little bit different” in the neutral zone “mainly the play without the puck”.

“I think he’s a great addition to our team,” Eller said on playing with left-wing Conor Sheary. He called Sheary “speedy” and “hard-working” and mentioned he has a “good scoring touch”.

Eller believes the key for teams in their division will be to “get off to a good start like the first two months”, adding teams will be “lucky” to maintain that spot for the playoffs.

He thinks if a team gets behind or a “couple points out” in twenty games, there is “less time to catch up”. “I think there’s a very good team that’s not going to make the playoffs,” Eller said.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is a fiction writer based out of the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area and an online student attending Full Sail University. She got her start in the entertainment industry at age seven as an actress. At the young age of nine, Della wrote a psychological thriller short story that sparked her interest in creative writing. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for sports. In her spare time, Della enjoys photography, traveling, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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