The Anaheim Ducks re-signed 23-year-old defenceman Jacob Larsson to a two-year contract extension. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported the deal is worth 1.2 million a year.
How Swede it is. We’ve signed @JacobLarsson3 to a two-year contract extension!
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) August 6, 2020
ANA extends D Jacob Larsson. Two years, $1.2M AAV
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 6, 2020
Anaheim signs Jacob Larsson
The Ducks picked Larsson 27th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Larsson has mostly spent his career bouncing between Anaheim and their AHL affiliate in San Diego. However, he played 49 games for the Ducks last year and 60 games for them this year. Larsson has scored two goals and 16 points over the past two seasons.
This season, Larsson played 16:09 minutes per game. He finished sixth on the team in blocked shots, 16th in hits and had a Corsi for percentage of 42.7.
What this Means for the Future
Larsson’s signing nearly shores up Anaheim’s defence for next season as they have five defencemen signed. Only Michael Del Zotto and Matt Irwin remain unsigned for next season. The Ducks didn’t have a good defence last season though. They gave up the fourth-most goals, fourth-most high danger chances and the eleventh most shots in the league last year.
Larsson’s stats aren’t impressive. His Corsi for percentage is one of the worst on the team, meaning he gives up more shooting chances than he creates. He also had the fourth-worst goals for percentage on the team. That is a stat examining how many goals a player was on the ice for and against. He doesn’t make up for it offensively with only 16 points scored in 113 NHL games.
Larsson is still young at 23 and has only played two seasons in the league. After another two years, the Ducks should have a solid understanding of what type of defensemen Larsson is and move forward from there.