Adam Larsson

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Adam Larsson
Adam Larsson - New Jersey Devils.jpg
Born (1992-11-12) November 12, 1992 (age 21)
Skellefteå, Sweden
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
New Jersey Devils
Skellefteå AIK
NHL Draft 4th overall, 2011
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 2009–present

Nils Erik Adam Larsson (born November 12, 1992) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman for the New Jersey Devils. He has also played for Skellefteå AIK in the Swedish Hockey League. He was selected 4th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.[1] The youngest player on the Skellefteå squad at the time, Larsson was the first defenceman and first European-trained player to be drafted in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Skellefteå AIK[edit]

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 on October 15, 2009.[3] 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 8 goals and 9 assists in 35 games.

Larsson fought Timrå 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.[4] Even though Larsson did not drop his gloves, both he and Corso were suspended for two games and received fines as a result of the fight.[5][6]

Adam's play in the 2010–11 season earned him a nomination for the Elitserien Rookie of the Year award,[7] but Mattias Ekholm would eventually win the award.

New Jersey Devils[edit]

Larsson was selected in the first round, 4th overall,[1] 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.[8] Larsson, who has been compared to Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidström, signed a three-year entry-level contract with no bonuses at the league maximum 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 defenseman 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's first NHL goal was scored on November 11, 2011 on a slapshot from the right slot against Tomas Vokoun of the Washington Capitals.[9]

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 defenseman Raphael Diaz.[10]

On May 1, 2012 Larsson scored his first playoff goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia in his first career playoff game, becoming the first Devils rookie defenseman to score a goal in his first playoff game.[11]

International play[edit]

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Larsson playing for his native Sweden.
Medal record
Competitor for Sweden Sweden
Men's Junior ice hockey
World Junior Championship
Bronze 2010 Canada
IIHF World U18 Championships
Silver 2010 Belarus

Larsson represented Sweden at the 2010 World Junior Championships, held in Saskatchewan, Canada. At the 2010 World U18 Championships he was selected as the best defenseman of the tournament.[12] When Larsson played 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 defenseman at the tournament.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Adam's father, Robert Larsson, played 249 games with Skellefteå from 1985 to 1995. Robert 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.[14]

In 2008–09 Adam played with his older brother Hampus in the junior league J20 SuperElit.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Skellefteå AIK J20 3 0 5 5 6
2008–09 Skellefteå AIK J20 26 2 7 9 28 5 0 4 4 2
2008–09 Skellefteå AIK SHL 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Skellefteå AIK SHL 49 4 13 17 18 11 0 1 1 31
2010–11 Skellefteå AIK SHL 37 1 8 9 41 17 0 4 4 12
2011–12 New Jersey Devils NHL 65 2 16 18 20 5 1 0 1 4
2012–13 Albany Devils AHL 33 4 15 19 24
2012–13 New Jersey Devils NHL 37 0 6 6 12
2013–14 New Jersey Devils NHL 26 1 2 3 12
2013–14 Albany Devils AHL 33 3 16 19 16 4 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 128 3 24 27 44 5 1 0 1 4
SHL totals 87 5 21 26 59 28 0 5 5 43

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Sweden WJC18 5th 6 0 2 2 4
2010 Sweden WJC 6 1 3 4 0
2010 Sweden WJC18 5 2 1 3 12
2011 Sweden WJC 4th 6 1 3 4 4
Junior totals 23 4 9 13 20

Notable awards and honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chere, Rich (June 24, 2011). "Devils pick Adam Larsson fourth overall in 2011 NHL Draft". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ "2011 ISS Top 30 - Jan. 17". TSN. 2011-01-17. 
  3. ^ "Hockeyligan.se - Statistik". Svenska Hockeyligan AB. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  4. ^ "Hockeysverige.se - "Det borde tillåtas mer"" (in Swedish). Hockeysverige.se. 2010-10-03. 
  5. ^ "Hockeysverige.se - Två matcher för slagskämparna" (in Swedish). Hockeysverige.se. 2010-10-04. 
  6. ^ "Fight with Timrå forward Corso". Youtube.com. 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  7. ^ "Svenska Ishockeyförbundet" (in Swedish). swehockey.se. 2011-01-26. 
  8. ^ Clark, Kevin (June 25, 2011). "Devils Take Swede in First Round of NHL Draft". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  9. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2011020222
  10. ^ http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=386052
  11. ^ Official Game Program of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. pg. 60. 
  12. ^ "Best Players Selected By the Directorate". IIHF. 2010-04-23. 
  13. ^ "Player statistics by team, Sweden". IIHF. 2011-01-05. 
  14. ^ "Eliteprospects.com - Robert Larsson". 
  15. ^ "Eliteprospects.com - Hampus Larsson". 
  16. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/awards.php?award=U18%20WJC%20All-Star%20Team

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jacob Josefson
New Jersey Devils first round draft pick
(2011)
Succeeded by
Stefan Matteau