Oil Kings' Mads Eller plays different game than brother

Oil Kings forward Mads Eller is not the same player as his NHL-playing brother Lars with the...

Oil Kings forward Mads Eller is not the same player as his NHL-playing brother Lars with the Montreal Canadiens. (David Bloom/QMI Agency)

RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:00 PM ET

LONDON, ONT. - After watching brother Lars help knock off the big, bad Boston Bruins, Mads Eller was asked how he would react if poor sport Milan Lucic threatened to “kill” him during a post-series handshake.

“I would probably laugh about it,” said the 18-year-old Edmonton Oil Kings forward, whose Memorial Cup starts Saturday against the OHL champion Guelph Storm. “That’s what I would do.”

Not many would share that approach. Lucic didn’t look like he was joking after the Montreal Canadiens knocked them off in Game 7.

“He’s a scary guy, for sure,” Mads said.

Danish hockey, already proud of the brothers Eller, would have something to celebrate if both Mads and Lars both win their end-of-season championships.

“With him being in the Stanley Cup (semifinal) and us at the Memorial Cup, we’ve been talking about that a little bit now,” Mads said. “My parents watch Lars’ game, then my game, so they’re staying up all night (watching at home).”

If you follow the Habs and expect left winger Mads Eller to be a mini-version of his brother, there will be disappointment.

“He’s really good with the puck and a playmaker,” the 6-foot-1, 196-pound Mads said. “I’m more a speedy, physical guy.”

He stopped following in Lars’ footsteps when he moved to Edmonton after two years with the Frolunda club in Sweden.

“Sweden, I felt like I didn’t get anywhere,” Mads said. “It was for my brother but not for me. I have a different style of game. I talked to my brother, agent and dad (Olaf) and we agreed I had to get into the junior leagues over here.

“So far, it’s been the best choice I ever made.”

Now, he’s in London and getting ready for friendly bets with Oil Kings mate Henrik Samuelsson, whose infamous dad Ulf is an assistant coach in the Big Apple.

The Canadiens and Rangers begin their Eastern Conference final Saturday.

“I was in Montreal when they played against Boston and experienced how crazy it is,” Mads said.

He’s bracing himself for a mini-version of that craziness in London.


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