The Detroit Red Wings have just signed a brand new goaltender and in the process have earned themselves a pat on the back for another quality late round draft pick.
According to an official announcement from the Detroit Red Wings organization, the team has signed now former University of Denver standout goaltender Filip Larsson to a 3 year entry level contract that will kick in next season. That is to say Larsson will officially begin his career as a Detroit Red Wings in the 2019 - 2020 National Hockey League regular season, although it remains unclear at which level the Red Wings intend to use him at this time.
Larsson is of course coming off an incredible performance in college hockey this season, leading his team to the Frozen Four and this was something that the Red Wings were quick to acknowledge in their official press release. From the Red Wings official announcement:
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.
The best part of this announcement for the Red Wings is the fact that Larsson was selected by the organization all the way back in the 6th round of the 2016 National Hockey League Entry Draft. To pick a guy 167th overall and have him not only lead his team to the Frozen Four as one of college hockey's best goaltenders, but to entice him away from his university program in such a team friendly manner for the Red Wings has to feel like a major win.
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