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2007 Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Lars Eller

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
From May 7 through June 15, will be profiling 30 of the top prospects in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in alphabetical order. Check back daily Monday through Friday, to learn more about the players who could become first round draft picks of the club. Philadelphia has two first round picks, including the second choice overall.

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft takes place on June 22 and 23 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Lars Eller
2007 Team: Frolunda (Sweden)
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’0’’
Weight: 198
DOB: 5-8-89

2007 Statistics
GP: 39G: 18A: 37PTS: 55PIM: 58

Lars Eller has the size to become an NHL player. He shows great control of the puck and great breakaway speed. Known as a playmaking forward, Eller posted 36 points in 25 games in the Swedish junior league last year, and followed that up with 55 points in 39 games this season. He was listed as the third highest skater by Central Scouting among European players, behind only Alexei Cherepanov and Mikael Backlund.

Eller’s strengths include his quick release and dangerous shot. Combined with his excellent mobility, speed, and size and Eller shows great potential and could end up being a steal in the draft in the late first round or early second round. His ability to see the ice well and utilize his strengths landed Eller a spot on Team Denmark in the Under-18 World Championships in 2006 and the Under-20 World Junior Championships in 2007. He finished with two goals and five assists for seven points in the 2007 World Juniors.

Some scouts worry how Eller will adapt to the North American style of hockey, but others are convinced that his size and playmaking ability will lead him in the right direction.

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