Todd McLellan has talked in the past about free agents or acquisitions coming in and having a much more effective year two than year one. They take time to get used to the new city and new locker room. But for Adam Larsson, it was almost an immediate fit.
"I had a lot of confidence coming in," said Larsson. "The guys in the room made it very easy for me. I felt like I fit in the room since day one and I've had a lot of fun this year. We've got a lot of good days ahead of us."
Larsson was acquired in a big off-season trade with the New Jersey Devils and he instantly made an impact on the back end. The blueliner logged the most minutes per game with 23:43 and paired with Oscar Klefbom to be an impressive Swedish duo.
"I think it's nice to build chemistry between the two of us," Larsson said of his pairing with Klefbom. "Obviously, we didn't know each other that well as players when we just started but overall I thought as the season went on we played better and better."
It was the right fit for the player and team, and they experienced a lot of success in year one together.
"I think this team took a lot of steps in the right direction this year. It was obviously a disappointing ending to it. Looking back, we had a lot of ups and downs but I thought we had a pretty strong year overall."