November 12, 1992 |
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
|New Jersey Devils
|NHL Draft||4th overall, 2011
New Jersey Devils
Nils Erik Adam Larsson (born November 12, 1992) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected fourth overall by the Devils in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The youngest player on the Skellefteå AIK squad at the time of his draft, Larsson was the first defenceman and first European-trained player to be drafted in 2011.
The 2009–10 Elitserien season turned out to be a spectacular breakthrough season for Larsson. He scored two goals in an Elitserien game against Timrå IK on October 15, 2009. By the end of the season, Larsson had tied the single-season record for amount of points in Elitserien among defencemen under the age of 18, 17 points, a record that was set by Tomas Jonsson in 1977–78, who compiled eight goals and nine assists in 35 games.
Larsson fought Timrå IK forward Daniel Corso in a game on November 2, 2010, receiving a cut eyebrow during the altercation. Larsson commented that he kept his gloves on because removing them during a fight in Elitserien leads to an automatic one game suspension. Although though Larsson remove his gloves, both he and Corso were suspended for two games and received fines as a result of the fight.
New Jersey Devils
Larsson was selected in the first round, fourth overall, by the New Jersey Devils during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Seen as a move towards rebuilding the Devils defence corp, Larsson was rated by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau as the top European prospect available in the 2011 Draft. Larsson, who has been compared to the Detroit Red Wings' defenceman Nicklas Lidström, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with no bonuses at the NHL maximum of US$925,000 per year with the Devils on July 15, 2011. He made the team in training camp and became the first 18-year old defenceman to dress for the Devils in the regular season since Scott Niedermayer in the 1991–92 season, only the sixth under-20 defenseman to play for the Devils, and the first 18-year old defenceman in the NHL since 2008, when Drew Doughty, Zach Bogosian and Luke Schenn all made their NHL debuts.
Larsson was selected to the NHL All-Star Rookie SuperSkills Competition on January 12, 2012, along with teammate Adam Henrique; however, he chose to pull out due to a minor injury. He was replaced by Montreal Canadiens rookie defenceman Raphael Diaz.
On May 1, 2012, Larsson scored his first Stanley Cup playoff goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia in his first career playoff game, becoming the first Devils rookie defenceman to score a goal in his first playoff game.
Larsson playing for his native Sweden.
|Competitor for Sweden|
|Men's Junior ice hockey|
|World Junior Championship|
|IIHF World U18 Championships|
Larsson represented Sweden at the 2010 World Junior Championships, held in Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan. At the 2010 World U18 Championships, he was selected as the best defenceman of the tournament. When Larsson played for Sweden at the 2011 World Junior Championships, he repeated his scoring of one goal and three assists from the previous tournament, which earned him the distinction of being Sweden's highest scoring defenceman at the tournament.
Larsson's father, Robert Larsson, played 249 games with Skellefteå from 1985 to 1995. Robert Larsson was drafted in the sixth round, 112th overall, by the Los Angeles Kings during the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, but never played in North America.
Regular season and playoffs
|2011–12||New Jersey Devils||NHL||65||2||16||18||20||5||1||0||1||4|
|2012–13||New Jersey Devils||NHL||37||0||6||6||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||New Jersey Devils||NHL||26||1||2||3||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||New Jersey Devils||NHL||64||3||21||24||34||—||—||—||—||—|
Notable awards and honours
- Chere, Rich (June 24, 2011). "Devils pick Adam Larsson fourth overall in 2011 NHL Draft". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
- "2011 ISS Top 30 - Jan. 17". TSN. 2011-01-17.
- "Hockeyligan.se - Statistik". Svenska Hockeyligan AB. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
- "Hockeysverige.se - "Det borde tillåtas mer"" (in Swedish). Hockeysverige.se. 2010-10-03.
- "Hockeysverige.se - Två matcher för slagskämparna" (in Swedish). Hockeysverige.se. 2010-10-04.
- "Fight with Timrå forward Corso". Youtube.com. 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
- "Svenska Ishockeyförbundet" (in Swedish). swehockey.se. 2011-01-26.
- Clark, Kevin (June 25, 2011). "Devils Take Swede in First Round of NHL Draft". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 25, 2011.
- Official Game Program of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. pg. 60.
- "Best Players Selected By the Directorate" (PDF). IIHF. 2010-04-23.
- "Player statistics by team, Sweden" (PDF). IIHF. 2011-01-05.
- "Eliteprospects.com - Robert Larsson".
- "Eliteprospects.com - Hampus Larsson".
- Adam Larsson's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Adam Larsson's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Adam Larsson profile at Eurohockey.com
|Awards and achievements|
|New Jersey Devils first round draft pick