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PRESS RELEASE: Oilers acquire Larsson

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have acquired defenceman Adam Larsson from the New Jersey Devils, in exchange for winger Taylor Hall.

Larsson, 23, appeared in 82 games with New Jersey last season averaging over 22 minutes per game, while posting 18 points (3G, 15A), 77 penalty minutes and a plus 15 rating. He led the Devils in plus/minus rating (+15), ranked third on the team among defenceman in assists (15) and fourth in points (18).

The 6'3", 205-pound blueliner has spent the past five seasons with the Devils, since being selected fourth overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. In 274 career NHL games, Larsson has accumulated 69 points (9G, 60A) and 155 penalty minutes. He has also played in five career playoff games, recording one goal and four penalty minutes.

The Skelleftea, Sweden native has represented his country several times internationally, most recently at the 2016 World Hockey Championship, posting four points (1G, 3A) and four penalty minutes in eight games, leading Sweden's defence in scoring. He has also represented Sweden twice (2011, 2010) at the World Junior Hockey Championship and two times (2010, 2009) at the Under-18 World Junior Hockey Championship.

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