The Anaheim Ducks are bringing back one of their young defenseman. The team announced it re-signed Jacob Larsson to a two-year extension worth $2.4 million.
Larsson was picked 27th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft. The 23-year-old had two goals, and nine assists in 60 games last season, averaging just over 16 minutes per game of ice time. With the move, general manager Bob Murray has re-signed all of the Ducks’ unrestricted free agents.
Head coach Dallas Eakins sent out Larsson in more of a defensive role, with 54.2 of his zone starts coming in his own end. Larsson is known for his sound overall game, but he will need to work on puck possession.
Although Anaheim didn’t have a strong roster, Larsson Corsi For% coming it at 42.7. Even with the Ducks struggling to control play with Larsson on the ice, he still finished a respectable -9.
It was an up-and-down season for Larsson, but he has youth on his side. NHL defenseman usually take a little longer to develop than their forwards counterparts. If Larsson can continue to work on his consistency, he could be a minute-eating, middle-pairing defenseman in the league for a long time.
With the move, the Ducks only have three unrestricted free agents remaining. They are, goaltender Ryan Miller, and defenseman Michael Del Zotto, and Matt Irwin.
What do you think about bringing back Larsson? What do you think his ceiling/floor is in the NHL?