Durable Dane: Lars Eller Skating in His 900th NHL Game Tonight Against Winnipeg

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While defenseman Erik Gustafsson will not be in the Washington Capitals’ lineup against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night, Center Lars Eller will suit up in his 30th game of the season and the 900th game of his NHL career.

A former first-round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues (13th overall in 2007), Eller, who signed his entry-level contract on the same day as now-Washington teammate T.J. Oshie (a 2005 Blues first-round pick), played just seven games for the Blues before being traded to the Montreal Canadiens in June 2010 as part of a deal for goaltender Jaroslav Halak. He would spend six seasons in a Habs sweater, recording 134 (71 G, 83 A) in 435 Games Played before he was dealt to the Caps on June 24, 2016 at the NHL Entry Draft.

Eller has played 458 of his 900 NHL games in a Caps sweater (50.8%) and played an integral role in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, scoring the Cup-clinching goal for Washington in Game 5 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final.

Eller is the seventh player of his draft class to reach the nine century mark in Games Played in the NHL, and is second among all Danish-born NHL players in Games Played behind Frans Nielsen (925).

The 33-year old is in the final season of a five-year contract extension signed in February 2018. After a regressive performance last season, and with young centers such Connor McMichael in the wings, Eller has five goals and 11 Points in 29 Games Played this season, with a minus-3 rating.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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4 Responses to Durable Dane: Lars Eller Skating in His 900th NHL Game Tonight Against Winnipeg

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    The Tiger!!!

  2. I remember watching a special about him on the NHL Network years ago when he was with Montreal. He was still very young then (I think only 21 IIRC). Now he’s in his seventh season in DC.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Tried to reply to you Doyle, but it wouldn’t take, so this is in reply to your “The Tiger!!!!”


    Get ’em, Baby!!!


    Good luck to the Tiger. His line has played real well lately. Hopefully he gets another goal today!!!

  4. Diane Doyle says:

    A goal for Tiger in his 900th game.

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