Lars Volden

Hometown:

Oslo Norway

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1992-07-26

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2011

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

6th round (181st overall), 2011

Weight:

189 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Lars Volden played for the Stavanger Oilers' Division 2 team.  In 17 games, Volden posted a 2.34 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage.  Volden played for Norway at the U-18 tournament, posting a 6.00 goals-against average and a 894 save percentage in 6 games.

2009-10: Split time between the Stavanger Oilers' Division 2 team and the top Club.  In 15 games at the lower level, Volden turned in a 2.20 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.  In 10 games in Norway's top league, Volden posted a 3.13 goals-against average and a .880 save percentage.  At just 17, he was the No. 1 goaltender for Norway at the U-20 WJC's (Division 1), posting a .958 save percentage and 1.47 GAA in four games. Undrafted in the 2010 NHL entry draft.

2010-11: Volden had a successful first season after leaving his native Norway to play in the more competitive Finnish junior league. In international play, Volden's experience was less enjoyable as Norway's U-20 squad was overmatched at the top level after previously competing in IIHF Division I tournaments. In 37 games for Espoo Blues' A junior team, Volden was 14-9 with a 2.76 GAA and .908 save percentage. Sharing the goaltending chores with Steffen Soberg (WASH) at the World Junior U-20 tournament, Volden faced 161 shots in three games and was 0-3 with a 6.17 GAA and .857 save percentage.

2011-12: Volden appeared in nine games for Espoo in Finland's SM-Liiga – dividing the bulk of the season between the club's U20 team and Jokipojat in the Finnish second league (Mestis). He was 1-2-3 for Espoo Blues, finishing with a 3.80 goals against average and a .871 save percentage. Volden played his best hockey with Jokipojat, backstopping the Joensuu club late in the regular season and into the Mestis finals. He was 4-1 with a 1.98 goals against and .928 save percentage in seven regular season games and in 12 playoff games posted a 1.62 goals against and .950 save percentage. Volden had a 2.78 goals against and .890 save percentage in 12 games with Blues' U20 team. He also skated for his native Norway in the 2012 IIHF World Championship and U20 World Junior Division 1 A Championship tournaments. He stopped 42 of 46 shots in a loss in his only start for the men's team and played all five games for Norway's third place U20 team, finishing 3-2 with a 2.60 goals against and .911 save percentage. 

 

Talent Analysis

Like most European goaltenders, Lars Volden plays deep in his net and relies on his reflexes to make saves. Working to his advantage is the fact that he’s 6’3. At that size, his long limbs and big frame take up as much net as the average North American ‘tender who comes out aggressively to challenge shooters. Volden also has excellent technique; he keeps his chest upright, stays square to the shooter an has a tight butterfly, all of which compliments his size further. However, his consistency and mental toughness have both been questioned in the past. Coming off a blistering playoff for Jokipojat in Finland’s second tier league, posting a .954 save percent and a miniscule 1.62 goals against, Volden is primed to take on a larger role in the Elite League this fall.

 

Future

Volden is another late-round, long-term project in goal for the Bruins. He has real talent, but he’s a long way away from the NHL and there are a lot of developmental hurdles for him to cross between where he is now and the NHL. The next step on his path is to challenge for a spot on Espoo’s senior team this season.

 

 

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