Lars Eller suffered what appeared to be a leg or back injury when he was cross-checked into the Arizona net midway through the second period in Sunday’s game.
As a precaution the Canadiens have called up forward Jacob de la Rose from the Hamilton Bulldogs. In his first year in North American pro hockey, de la Rose has appeared to be a younger version of Eller. His defensive skills have been NHL-level but his offense has been slower to surface which is the reason he has been left in Hamilton.
That said, de la Rose has been on the scoreboard recently. Over his last six games, all Hamilton victories, he has 2 goals, 3 assists with a plus-8 rating. He is an excellent skater with a strong physical component to his play especially on the forecheck.
De la rose was the 34th overall selection in the 2013 draft. He subsequently played another year with Leksands in the Swedish National League before coming to North America. De la Rose was one of the last training camp cuts in September. The Canadiens loaned him to Team Sweden for the World Junior tournament when he had two goals and two assists.
De la Rose joins forwards Christian Thomas and Gabriel Dumont with the Canadiens currently on recall from the Bulldogs. At various times Hamilton forwards Sven Andrighetto, Eric Tangradi and Drayson Bowman have also had assignments with the Habs this season.