The Edmonton chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association (PHWA) has named defenceman Adam Larsson as the Edmonton Oilers nominee for the 2018 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The Masterton Trophy, awarded since the 1967-68 season, is given annually to the player "who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey". The PHWA chapters from all 30 NHL teams nominate one player from the team they cover and the winner of the award is selected by a poll among the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season schedule.
Larsson, 25, is in his seventh NHL season and his second season with the Oilers. He has tied a career high in goals (4) and posted 12 points (4G, 8A). Larsson leads Oilers defencemen in hits (219) and ranks third in the NHL in hits per game (3.8), among players appearing in more than 20 games. He also ranks second on the Oilers in blocked shots per game (2.3) and ranks third on the team in ice time, averaging 21:47 per game.
The 6'3", 210-pound defenceman was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 1st round, 4th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. He has appeared in 410 career NHL games with New Jersey and Edmonton, accumulating 100 points (17G, 83A), 244 penalty minutes and a +46 plus/minus rating. He has also played in 18 playoff games, posting seven points (3G, 4A) and eight penalty minutes.
This marks the first time in Larsson's career where he has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.