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Nils Erik Adam Jeremy Larsson (born 12 November 1992) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman and an alternate captain of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Adam Larsson
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Adam Larsson warming up before facing his former team in New Jersey.
Born (1992-11-12) 12 November 1992 (age 26)
Skellefteå, Sweden
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Edmonton Oilers
Skellefteå AIK
New Jersey Devils
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 4th overall, 2011
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 2009–present

He was selected fourth overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.[1] 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.[2]

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Professional careerEdit

Skellefteå AIKEdit

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 15 October 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 eight goals and nine assists in 35 games.

Larsson fought Timrå IK forward Daniel Corso in a game on 2 November 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] Although Larsson didn't remove his gloves, both he and Corso were suspended for two games and received fines as a result of the fight.[5][6]

Larsson'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 DevilsEdit

Larsson was selected in the first round, fourth overall,[1] by the New Jersey Devils during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Seen as a move towards rebuilding the Devils defence corps, 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 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 15 July 2011, due to general manager Lou Lamoriello's disapproval of performance bonuses. 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 defenceman 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 11 November 2011, on a slapshot from the right slot against Tomáš Vokoun of the Washington Capitals.[9] He was selected to the NHL All-Star Rookie SuperSkills Competition on 12 January 2012, along with teammate Adam Henrique; however, he chose to pull out due to a minor injury.[10] He was replaced by Montreal Canadiens rookie defenceman Raphael Diaz.[11][10] On 1 May 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.[12]

Following the 2014–15 NHL season Larsson became a restricted free agent under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The New Jersey Devils made him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights and, on 5 July 2015, Larsson filed for Salary Arbitration.[13]

On 25 July 2015, the Devils re-signed Larsson to a six-year extension, worth US$25,000,000.[14]

Edmonton OilersEdit

On 29 June 2016, Larsson was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Taylor Hall.[15] Larsson was named an alternate captain for the Oilers in the 2017–18 NHL season.[16][17]

International playEdit

 
Larsson playing for his native Sweden.
Medal record
Representing   Sweden
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
  2018 Denmark
World Junior Championship
  2010 Canada
IIHF World U18 Championships
  2010 Belarus

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.[18] 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.[19] He is currently representing Sweden at the 2018 World Championships in Denmark.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[21]

In the 2008–09 season, Adam Larsson played with his older brother Hampus in the junior league J20 SuperElit.[22]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

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
2014–15 New Jersey Devils NHL 64 3 21 24 34
2014–15 Albany Devils AHL 1 0 2 2 0
2015–16 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 3 15 18 77
2016–17 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 4 15 19 55 13 2 4 6 4
2017–18 Edmonton Oilers NHL 63 4 9 13 34
2018–19 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 3 17 20 44
SHL totals 87 5 21 26 59 28 0 5 5 43
NHL totals 498 20 101 121 288 18 3 4 7 8

InternationalEdit

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
2016 Sweden WC 6th 8 1 3 4 4
2018 Sweden WC   10 1 2 3 10
Junior totals 23 4 9 13 20
Senior totals 18 2 5 7 14

Notable awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Chere, Rich (24 June 2011). "Devils pick Adam Larsson fourth overall in 2011 NHL Draft". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  2. ^ "2011 ISS Top 30". 18 November 2011. Archived from the original on 18 November 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Hockeyligan.se – Statistik". estat.hockeyligan.se. Svenska Hockeyligan AB. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
  4. ^ "Hockeysverige.se - "Det borde tillåtas mer"". 26 November 2010. Archived from the original on 26 November 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Hockeysverige.se - Två matcher för slagskämparna". 25 November 2010. Archived from the original on 25 November 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Fight with Timrå forward Corso". Youtube.com. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Svenska Ishockeyförbundet". 19 March 2012. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  8. ^ Clark, Kevin (25 June 2011). "Devils Take Swede in First Round of NHL Draft". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  9. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2011020222
  10. ^ a b Mike G. Morreale (25 January 2012). "Hagelin, Diaz in for Devils' duo Henrique, Larsson". NHL.com. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 January 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ Official Game Program of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. pg. 60.
  13. ^ "Player elected arbitration cases announced". National Hockey League. 5 July 2015. Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  14. ^ "Devils sign defenseman Larsson to six-year contract". NHL. 25 July 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  15. ^ Wescott, Chris (29 June 2016). "BLOG: Oilers trade Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson". NHL. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  16. ^ Matheson, Jim (4 October 2017). "Oilers snapshots: Adam Larsson gets a letter". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  17. ^ Wilkins, Reid (4 October 2017). "Adam Larsson gets letter as Edmonton Oilers open season against Calgary Flames". Global News (Canada). Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Best Players Selected By the Directorate" (PDF). iihf.com. IIHF. 23 April 2010.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Player statistics by team, Sweden" (PDF). iihf.com. IIHF. 5 January 2011.[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ "Adam Larsson: "Jag tänker på pappa varje minut"". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Robert Larsson player profile". Eliteprospects.com. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  22. ^ "Hampus Larsson player profile". Eliteprospects.com. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  23. ^ "WJC All-Star Team". eliteprospects.com. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012.

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