By the Numbers will highlight the on-ice accomplishments in the 2018-19 season for the Detroit Red Wings' prospects. Twice a week during the offseason, By the Numbers will profile a different player in the system, focusing on his statistical highs. This week we focus on goaltender Filip Larsson.
It can be a tough transition when you move into the professional ranks in any profession but particularly so in hockey.
Many skaters find the jump from college hockey or junior hockey to the professional level to be a tough one and that is also often true for goaltenders.
That proved to be the case for Filip Larsson, who had really not faced a lot of adversity in the USHL and in college.
During the 2017-18 season with the USHL's Tri-City Storm, Larsson earned USHL Goaltender of the Year honors, leading the league with a 1.65 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in 30 games.
He was similarly dominant when he got to the University of Denver, recording a 1.95 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in 22 games, helping the Pioneers reach the Frozen Four.
Those are heady numbers for a player who was drafted in the sixth round, 167th overall, in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Larsson had dealt with injury adversity but this was the first time that he was challenged in net in a long while.
He split time between the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins and the East Coast Hockey League's Toledo Walleye.
Larsson's overall numbers weren't up to his usual standard but he did show flashes of his talent.
The week of Feb. 3-9, he was runner up for Warrior Hockey's ECHL Goaltender of the Week after going 2-0-0 with a 1.99 goals-against average and .929 save percentage.
Goalies often take longer to develop so Larsson will be given that time.
The hope is that the AHL and the ECHL will be able to go on despite COVID-19, even if they cannot accommodate having fans in the buildings, so that Larsson can continue his development.
7 - Larsson played in seven games with the Griffins last season.
2 - In those seven games, Larsson won two of them. He won his very first AHL start, a 4-2 victory at the Rockford IceHogs on Oct. 12. He also won his first start at Van Andel Arena, a 6-4 victory over the Texas Stars on Oct. 26.
4.01 - Over the course of his seven AHL games, Larsson recorded a 4.01 goals-against average. Providence Bruins netminder Dan Vladar led the AHL with a 1.79 goals-against average in 25 games.
.843 - Larsson's AHL save percentage was .843. Vladar also led the league with a .936 save percentage.
10 - Larsson also played 10 games for the ECHL's Toledo Walleye.
4 - Of those 10 games, Larsson won four of them.
2.72 - During his ECHL games, Larsson recorded a 2.72 goals-against average. Idaho Steelheads goaltender Tomas Sholl led the league with a 2.14 goals-against average in 41 games.
.910 - Larsson had a .910 save percentage with the Walleye. Toledo's Billy Christopoulos led the ECHL with a .932 save percentage in 30 games.
Quotable: "I think one thing with Filip is he's facing adversity for the first time in his career this year. I don't think the year went the way that he probably envisioned it going, which is fine. That's usually what happens in pro careers for anyone that makes any sort of career of being a hockey player. There's going to be times where it doesn't go well and you're going to have to face some adversity and you're going to have to dig in and really change how you do things and try and put more work ethic and find out what your deficiencies are and work on them. I think that's where Filip is right now. I think it's a good position for him to be in. I don't think the adversity that he's going through right now is going to hurt him. I hope, if anything, it helps him. He's another one, he needs a big summer. He needs his conditioning and his strength and he needs to work on some of the deficiencies he has in his game because there's a good goaltender inside of him. He just needs to go out and work on areas that can bring that out." - Shawn Horcoff, director of player development and assistant director of player personnel