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Filip Larsson Signs His ELC With Detroit

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today agreed to terms with goaltender Filip Larsson on a three-year entry-level contract. The contract will begin with the 2019-20 season.

Larsson, 20, recently completed his freshman season at the University of Denver, where he helped the Pioneers make an appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four after posting back-to-back shutouts in the West Regional. After missing nearly all of the first two months of Denver’s season due to injury, Larsson made his college debut on Nov. 24 and was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Goaltender of the Month for December, in his first full month of collegiate action, and also captured NCHC Goalie of the Week honors on Jan. 14 and Feb. 4. In 22 games as a freshman, Larsson posted a 13-6-3 record, 1.95 goals-against average, 0.932 save percentage and four shutouts. The Stockholm, Sweden, native was named to the 2019 NCHC All-Rookie Team and was also a finalist for the conference’s goalie of the year award.

Originally drafted by the Red Wings in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Larsson made the move to North America prior to the 2017-18 season, which he spent with the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League. In his lone USHL season, Larsson was named the USHL Goaltender of the Year and to the First All-Star Team after posting the highest save percentage in league history (0.941) and the second-best goals-against-average (1.65) alongside his 18-10-0 record and seven shutouts in 30 games for Tri-City. He also won a silver medal with Sweden at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, appearing in one game during the tournament. Larsson developed in Sweden before the 2017-18 season, splitting time between the Swedish under-18 and under-20 leagues from 2014-17. In his final season of Swedish junior hockey, Larsson posted the best save percentage in the league at 0.939 with a 2.24 goals-against average in 31 appearances with Djurgarden.

Filip Larsson, Goalie
Born Aug 17 1998 -- Stockholm, Sweden
Height 6.02 -- Weight 188 -- Catches L

Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 6 #167 overall 2016 NHL Entry Draft

Season   Team                  Lge    GP   Min   GA  EN SO   GAA   W   L   T   Svs    Pct
2017-18  Tri-City Storm        USHL   30  1677   46   3  7  1.65  18  10   0   738  0.941
2018-19  U. of Denver          NCHC   22  1292   42   0  4  1.95  13   6   3   572  0.932

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Down River Dan's avatar

I wonder if this means he might join GR for the playoffs??

Posted by Down River Dan on 04/15/19 at 11:25 AM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Awesome news. The kid was pretty much lights out during the tournament.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 04/15/19 at 11:54 AM ET

Paul's avatar

HSJ tweet,

Detroit Red Wings have signed G Filip Larsson to entry-level contract. Plan is for him to be in Grand Rapids in 2019-20. Drafted 167th, 2016. Completed freshman year at Denver with appearance in Frozen Four.

I reached out to his agent to ask if he will dress/play for the playoffs, if I hear back will update if different from St. James.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/15/19 at 11:57 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Wow, so much save percentage!

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 04/15/19 at 12:15 PM ET

SauceBoss's avatar

Praying to the hockey gods this kid pans out

Posted by SauceBoss on 04/15/19 at 12:21 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Khan tweet,

Larsson will sign an amateur tryout contract with @griffinshockey and is available in the AHL Playoffs, but ELC starts next season.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/15/19 at 01:37 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Thanks for update Paul.

Posted by Down River Dan on 04/15/19 at 02:16 PM ET

Paul's avatar

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday signed forward Jarid Lukosevicius (LOO-koh-SAVAGES) to an amateur tryout for the remainder of this season along with a two-year contract that will last through the 2020-21 season.

Lukosevicius, 24, is coming off a four-year career at the University of Denver where he notched 105 points (62-43—105), a plus-47 rating and 75 penalty minutes in 158 games from 2015-19. The Pioneers advanced to this season’s NCAA Frozen Four before falling to UMass in overtime. Lukosevicius was named the Frozen Four’s Most Outstanding Player in 2017 after scoring all three of Denver’s goals in the Pioneers’ 3-2 national championship victory over Minnesota-Duluth, helping the program win their eighth national championship.

As a senior, the 5-foot-10, 193-pound forward was named a finalist for the NCHC Forward of the Year after he posted team highs with 19 goals, 138 shots, seven game-winning goals and one shorthanded goal while tying for the team high with five power play goals and a plus-20 rating and placing third on the team with 29 points (19-10—29) in 40 games.

Lukosevicius logged collegiate career highs with 21 goals and 34 points in 41 games as a junior in 2017-18, ranking second on the team in goals and fourth in scoring.

Prior to college, the Squamish, British Columbia, native appeared in 116 games with the Powell River Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League from 2012-15, totaling 135 points (59-76—135) and 70 PIM. He finished sixth in the league in scoring with 73 (33-40—73) in 2014-15 and was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team in 2013-14 after tying for 15th overall with 59 points (26-33—59).

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/15/19 at 05:02 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Hope he becomes that next how-the-heck-do-the-Wings-find-these-guys kind of draft pick since they’re somewhat severely lacking in goaltending in the farm.  Hats off to Salajko for getting them up to speed, but it’s such a waiting game to develop goaltenders.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 04/17/19 at 05:48 PM ET

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