DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today agreed to terms with goaltender Filip Larsson on a three-year entry-level contract. The contract will begin with the 2019-20 season.
Larsson, 20, recently completed his freshman season at the University of Denver, where he helped the Pioneers make an appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four after posting back-to-back shutouts in the West Regional. After missing nearly all of the first two months of Denver's season due to injury, Larsson made his college debut on Nov. 24 and was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference's Goaltender of the Month for December, in his first full month of collegiate action, and also captured NCHC Goalie of the Week honors on Jan. 14 and Feb. 4. In 22 games as a freshman, Larsson posted a 13-6-3 record, 1.95 goals-against average, 0.932 save percentage and four shutouts. The Stockholm, Sweden, native was named to the 2019 NCHC All-Rookie Team and was also a finalist for the conference's goalie of the year award.
Originally drafted by the Red Wings in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Larsson made the move to North America prior to the 2017-18 season, which he spent with the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League. In his lone USHL season, Larsson was named the USHL Goaltender of the Year and to the First All-Star Team after posting the highest save percentage in league history (0.941) and the second-best goals-against-average (1.65) alongside his 18-10-0 record and seven shutouts in 30 games for Tri-City. He also won a silver medal with Sweden at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, appearing in one game during the tournament. Larsson developed in Sweden before the 2017-18 season, splitting time between the Swedish under-18 and under-20 leagues from 2014-17. In his final season of Swedish junior hockey, Larsson posted the best save percentage in the league at 0.939 with a 2.24 goals-against average in 31 appearances with Djurgarden.
Filip Larsson, Goalie
Born Aug 17 1998 -- Stockholm, Sweden
Height 6.02 -- Weight 188 -- Catches L
Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 6 #167 overall 2016 NHL Entry Draft