Jacob Larsson


Ljungby Sweden

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1st round (27th overall), 2015


190 lbs.

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2011-12: Jacob Larsson skated for the Troja-Ljungby club’s U16 team in southwest Sweden and played for Smaland 1/Rod in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players. In eight TV-Pucken games he was +5 with 1 assist and no penalties.

2012-13: Larsson skated at the U20, U18 and U16 levels for Troja-Ljungby and appeared in four international games with the Sweden U16 team. In 19 games with the Troja-Ljungby U20 team he scored 5 goals with 5 assists and was +18 with 2 penalty minutes. Larsson played 12 games including two playoff games for the club’s U18 team and was -1 with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes. He was an assistant captain for the Troja-Ljungby U16 team, scoring 6 goals with 8 assists and 18 penalty minutes in 12 games. Larsson had 1 assist and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes in four games for the Sweden U16 team. Playing in his second TV-Pucken tournament for Smaland 1/Rod he was +2 with 1 assist in five games.

2013-14: Larsson moved from Troja-Ljungby to Frolunda — skating for the club’s U20 and U18 teams — and was selected to play for the Sweden U17 team at the 2014 World Hockey Challenge. In 16 games for the Frolunda U20 team, including three SuperElit playoff games, he was +1 with no points nor penalties. An assistant captain for the club’s U18 team, he scored 9 goals with 16 assists in 38 regular season games and was +33 with 55 penalty minutes. Frolunda captured a bronze medal in the playoffs and in five games Larsson scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was an even plus/minus with 8 penalty minutes. He had no points with 4 penalty minutes in five games for Sweden at the WHC.

2014-15: Larsson appeared in 20 SHL games for Frolunda as a 17-year-old and played for the Sweden U18 team in the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and 2015 World Junior Championship tournaments. He was one of the top scorers for the Frolunda U20 team. Larsson scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +4 with 6 penalty minutes, averaging 10:38 minutes of ice time with the Indians. He scored 8 goals with 11 assists and was +7 with 49 penalty minutes in 30 regular season games for the Frolunda U20 team and was +8 with 4 assists and 6 penalty minutes in eight SuperElit playoff games. In five games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament he was -2 with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes. Larsson had 3 assists and was -1 with no penalty minutes in five games at the WJC. Sweden finished eighth, falling to Canada, 5-3, in the quarterfinals. Larsson was ranked third third amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Anaheim in the first round (27th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis
Larsson is an all-around defenseman who has both strengths and weaknesses in all facets of the game. His overall offensive game is very attentive and it is felt that he will be able to put up some impressive numbers along the way, maybe even being a more offensive defenseman when all is said and done. Already very mature and blessed with good size, with room for more meat on his bones, Larsson does take pride in playing at both ends of the rink. A good stick with and without the puck, he does understand the need to show urgency in his game and can really hustle. That Larsson has already played 20 SHL games should be seen as quite an testament to his maturity to date.

Larsson is skating for Frolunda in the SHL in 2015-16 and played for Sweden at the 2016 World Junior Championship. Averaging over 16 minutes of ice time as an 18-year-old, he has been a steady presence on the back end and can also contribute to the attack. Like any young player he is still maturing physically and learning to play away from the puck. He projects as an effective puck mover and two-way defenseman at the NHL level.

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