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McLellan talks about Larsson

Oilers head coach Todd McLellan reflects about the team's newest blueline addition

by Marc Ciampa /

Video: RAW | Todd McLellan

Oilers head coach Todd McLellan was asked about his early impressions of defenceman Adam Larsson.  

"I like him as a person. He's attentive, he asks a lot of questions. He seems to have a lot of presence about him in and around the locker room," McLellan noted. 

"I think he understands some of our language in certain situations. (Assistant Coach) Matt Shaw, who we had in San Jose for a lot of years was in New Jersey with him and I can tell, he's told me a few times that's the way we did this and that's the way we did that. So that's a good thing."

McLellan also really likes what he's seen from Larsson on the ice. 

"Very calm on the ice. Doesn't seem to have a jittery element to him where he panics or anything like that. But that's only a Friday-Saturday-Sunday viewing for me. It's going to take a little bit more time."

The Oilers bench boss was also asked about whether Larsson should worry about any comparisons being made to Taylor Hall, for whom he was traded earlier this summer.  

"I don't think he should have any worries at all. We're talking about forward versus defence. A dynamic, offensive guy and more of a shutdown stay-at-home steady big minute guy on the back end. To me, that's apples and oranges. I don't know how you could compare the two fairly, both to Taylor and to Adam. People will watch and they'll make their own (decisions)."


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