Brian Lashoff
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Brian Lashoff

Hometown:

Albany New York

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-07-16

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2008

Weight:

207 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Brian Lashoff was traded midseason from Barrie to Kingston, where he got a lot more ice time. Joined AHL Grand Rapids in the spring and had a very good pro debut.

2009-10: Lashoff played his first full season with the Kingston Frontenacs in the OHL, appearing in 58 games with 6 goals, 21 assists for 27 points. He was held scoreless in 7 OHL playoff games before appearing in 6 games with Grand Rapids in the AHL, where he scored 2 assists. Lashoff also won a gold medal with the USA U20 team, scoring 2 assists in 7 games.

2010-11: Lashoff had a rough rookie season, fending off injuries throughout the year. He appeared in 37 games for the Griffins, putting up just 3 assists.

2011-12: Lashoff bounced back from an injury-filled rookie season to skate in all 76 games for the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins. After never scoring more than seven goals during his four-year junior career, Lashoff scored 8 goals for the Griffins including 3 power play goals and had 11 assists while finishing minus-nine with 41 penalty minutes. He did not see any post-season action as Grand Rapids missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fourth in the North Division.

2012-13: One of three rookie defensemen to skate for the Red Wings after the retirement of Niklas Lindstrom, Lashoff played in 31 of 48 games for Detroit. He scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was -10 with 15 penalty minutes; averaging 17:47 minutes of ice time. He played in 3 of 14 playoff games with no points or penalty minutes. Lashoff played 37 regular season games for Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids. He scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was +6 with 23 penalty minutes. The Griffins finished first in the Midwest Division and captured the Calder Cup championship. Lashoff re-joined Grand Rapids after the NHL playoffs and in 18 AHL playoffs had 1 assist and was -4 with 10 penalty minutes. Lashoff was signed to a three-year contract extension by Detroit in January 2013.

 

Talent Analysis

An intelligent puck-mover with size and a good shot, Lashoff has the makeup of an NHL defenseman. He needs to improve his defensive positioning but should be able to if he is given more time to develop at the AHL level.

 

Future

Following 31 NHL games in 2012-13, Lashoff will look to put together a full season in the NHL with the Red Wings.

 

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