CHN Staff Report
DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings today agreed to terms with Denver 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, where he helped the Pioneers to the NCAA Frozen Four after posting back-to-back shutouts in the West Regional. Denver lost in overtime to Massachusetts in last Thursday’s national semifinal.
“Filip, although his time was short with us, made a huge impact on our team this season,” Denver coach David Carle said. “These decisions are very tough on student-athletes and that’s a testament to Filip’s character and what Denver means to him. He is ready for the next level and we can’t wait to cheer him on and watch his successes.”
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 NCHC Goaltender of the Month for December. In 22 games as a freshman, Larsson was 13-6-3 with a 1.95 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and four shutouts.
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 (.941). He also won a silver medal with Sweden at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, appearing in one game during the tournament.
Originally published at https://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2019/04/15_Larsson-Signs-With-Red-Wings.php