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Larsson's quiet confidence in net

Goalie could be the Red Wings' next best Swedish import

Friday, 07.11.2008 / 12:31 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Larsson\'s quiet confidence in net
Larsson, who posted a 2.29 GAA in the Swedish Elite League last season, will play in Grand Rapids in 2008-09.
DETROIT – The Red Wings always seem to find the best players Sweden has to offer.  Nick Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Holmstrom and Johan Franzen are just a few Swedish stars to cross the pond and skate at Joe Louis Arena.

And Daniel Larsson, the Wings’ third round draft pick in 2006, could be the next Swede to join the Hockeytown party.

Larsson, a 6-foot, 170 pound goalie, exploded onto the Swedish professional hockey scene last season. He captured both the Swedish Elite League’s rookie of the year and top goaltender awards after taking over the starting job with Djurgarden.

Larsson posted a 2.29 goals against and a .921 save percentage with four shutouts in 2007-08.

Detroit Vice President and assistant general manager Jim Nill said that Larsson will have his first taste of North American hockey this season.

“He’s going down in Grand Rapids,” Nill said. “He’s coming over now to adapt to North America. The rink’s a different size; in Europe the bigger ice and the angles are different, so he’s going to have to get used to the angles, the changes in the way shooters shoot over here, there’s a lot more shots over here.”

Nill compared Larsson to former Red Wings goalie Manny Legace, saying that though he’s not that big, he’s very quick and very athletic. When describing Larsson’s playing style, the 22-year-old said many of the same things.

“I look quite small in the net,” Larsson said. “A lot of movement by my feet, almost every time I’m in the right spot. I’m quite quick.”

When asked about what he needed to improve on, Larsson responded very simply.

“I think everything,” he said. “The conditioning level of my body, the speed when I’m out on the ice … almost everything.”

Larsson went on to say that next season will be a big adjustment for him, because of the differences between European and North American styles.

“It’s a lot different, different game,” Larsson said. “A lot more shots, and they don’t play the puck as much in Sweden, and it’s quite difficult now in the beginning to get used to it.  It will get better.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80