Well I must say that Adam Larsson is the real deal. This kid is already being mentioned in the same sentence as Lidstrom and Niedermayer. That comparison is a premature and bold one but I must say that at 18 years old and having already played 3 years in the competitive Swedish hockey league for team Skelleftea, it is a statement that is surely one that has some merit behind it.
Larsson isn’t just some 18 year old kid who has been playing in the Hockey East league in college or out in Michiganfor a few years. No, this kid has been playing with the big boys and has been playing well. Actually, he is playing well above his age as he was only the 3rd defensemen to make it in the Elite League at the ripe old age of 16, behind Calle Johansson and Victor Hedman. He has the size you need to play in the NHL, and his six foot three hockey frame is perfect by any standard, along with his 200 pounds of mass that he intends to throw around.
Playing over in the Swedish Elite League, Larsson had dreamed of the moment he would step out on the ice ever since he was seven years old. At seven he would often sit in the stands and watch his favorite teams and dream of the days it would be reality. Larssons’ experience also includes a 2010 and 2011 World Junior Championship team that saw him finish as the highest scoring defender in the tourney with a goal and three assists in six games. Winning a Bronze medal in 2010 and a 4th place finish in 2011 were not the only medals he won in tournament play. In 2010, Larsson represented Sweden at the 2010 under-18 World Championships where he was named the best defensemen of the tournament and to the media ALL-Star team. In the tourney he recorded two goals and an assist along with a +2 rating to lead his team to a Silver medal.
A few facts about Larsson; Growing up Larsson reveals that his favorite teams were the Vancouver Canucks and the Detroit Red Wings with his favorite player being none other than Nicklas Lidstrom, how ironic! Asked what his favorite shoot-out move is, and he said his wrist shot because he can hide the direction of where its going. Troy, with Brad Pitt, is his favorite movie, and One Tree Hill is his favorite television show to watch when he is home. As for his best Xbox game, that’s easy, of course NHL 2011 Hockey!
Somewhat of an avid reader, Adam says that he thoroughly enjoys Steig Larssons’, no relation,’ The Millennium’ book and when he is home his mother’s meatballs are still his favorite food among everything he can eat!!!! One day he hopes to visitThailand and wants to spend some time out in California one of these days.
So Adam Larsson, the new backbone of the New Jersey Devils defense is an 18 year old force to be reckon with and even though he is young, he shouldn’t be taken for granted or lightly. As I have said before, it always amazes me how good the Devils scouts are and the way in which they find their players. Larsson is a player whom the Devils need to continue to shape and mold into the player they want him to be and to hold onto him for many years to come.
After this years output performance, Larsson will be another player who the Devils need to factor into their salary cap money and calculate how they will go about keeping Larsson for many years to come. I can’t see them letting him get away and go elsewhere. With only a few days until the season starts, I can’t wait to watch him play and see what kind of a factor he will be. I am betting that he will not let us down and the future of Larsson and the Devils will be a long term relationship that will be one not to forget. Adam Larsson is here to stay and is the real deal.