The Caps wanted to add to their forward depth this summer; they've taken the first step towards doing that by acquiring Lars Eller from the Montreal Canadiens for their 2017 and 2018 second round picks.
Eller has been with the Canadiens for six seasons, sent to Montreal after his rookie season in the deal that shipped Jaroslav Halak to St. Louis. He has scored 71 goals and 154 points since entering the League in 2009-10, and has two years remaining on a deal that pays him $3.5 million a season.
You won't get a 50-point season from the Danish forward, however saying he's useless is incredibly shortsighted. On the flip side of things, yes he does drive possession, however we do have to accept that his offensive upside is limited.
Essentially, Eller provides the Habs with solid minutes, but he'll probably never crack the 20-goal mark in the NHL, especially once we consider his usage.
You can expect him to score 10-15 goals per year, while providing versatility to the head coach. This year Eller was used as a left-wing, a center, and on the right side. He also spent time on 10 different line combinations, none of which lasted more than 135 minutes of ice time.
Check out his numbers, courtesy of Muneeb:
The release from the team:
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have acquired center Lars Eller from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Washington’s second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Eller, 27, registered 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) in 79 games with the Montreal Canadiens last season. The 6’2", 207-pound center finished the 2015-16 season ranked sixth on Canadiens in goals and tied for eighth in points. He scored two goals on Oct. 10 at Boston and played in his 400th NHL game on December 26 at Washington. Eller recorded career highs in points (30) and assists (22) in 2012-13 and scored a career-high 16 goals in 2011-12. He has earned 156 points (73 goals, 83 assists) in 442 career NHL games with St. Louis and Montreal. In addition, he has tallied 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 37 career NHL playoff games. Eller was drafted by St. Louis in the first round, 13th overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft. The Rodovre, Denmark, native has represented Denmark at three World Championships (2008, 2010, 2012) and the 2008 World Junior Championship.