The Ducks have selected defenseman Jacob Larsson with the 27th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL. The draft resumes tomorrow beginning at 7 a.m. PDT.
“Jacob is a puck-moving defenseman, mobile and smart on the ice,” said Director of Professional/Amateur Scouting Martin Madden. “It’s exciting to know he is still developing into the player we believe he will become. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to select him with the 27th overall pick.”
Larsson, 18 (4/29/97), scored 1-2=3 points with a +4 rating and six penalty minutes (PIM) in 20 games for Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) last season. Larsson also appeared in 30 games for Frolunda’s junior team, collecting 8-11=19 points with 49 PIM. He added 0-4=4 points in eight playoff games to lead his junior club to the league’s silver medal. In 2013-14, the 6-2, 191-pound defenseman was named the Top Defenseman in Sweden’s Under-18 league after scoring 4-8=12 points in 17 games.
A native of Ljungby, Sweden, Larsson has played in several international tournaments for his home country. He most recently appeared in the 2015 Under-18 World Junior Championship where he scored 0-3=3 points in five games. Larsson also was a member of Team Sweden at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.