After a long summer away from the books, students begin every new school year by brushing up on the previous year’s material. Back from Denmark and ready to hit the ice, Lars Eller won’t be needing a refresher course to review the lessons he learned in 2011-12.

It’s been over 150 days since the Canadiens closed the campaign with a 4-1 win over the Leafs at the Bell Centre on April 7. A full offseason of training later and the memory of his team’s 28th place finish is still fresh in Eller’s mind.

“You learn a lot more about your teammates and about yourself when you’re losing than when you’re winning,” admitted the 23-year-old center. “When you’re winning and you’re on a roll, life is pretty easy; it’s when times get tough that you get to see what you’re made of. It’s never a good thing to lose, but you do learn a lot, no question about it.”

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