HW 2011 Prospects: Adam Larsson

Hockey Wilderness has decided to rank their 30 favorite prospects in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and will analyze each and every one of them. So on draft day, you'll have a good sense of who's who.

With each post, you will get to understand what type of player he is, and how he can help the Wild. You'll understand his strengths, flaws and get to understand what type of player he'll develop into.

The HW's Rank - The average rank of several of our favorite available rankings, weighted appropriately.

Summary Scout Notes - A broken down version of comments offered by each service. To read the whole explanations, click on the source site and search.

Now, introducing Skelleftea defenseman Adam Larsson:


Adam Larsson

#5 / Defense / Skelleftea

6-3

200

Nov 12 1992



GP G A P +/- PIM Midterm Rank
Final Rank HW Rank
2010 - Skelleftea
37
1
8
9
12
41
1
1 2.5

Don't forget to check out the Hockey Wilderness 2011 Draft Page as well. Just click on the picture.

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History And Accomplishments

  • 2007-08 J18 Elit (North) Most Points by Defenseman
  • 2008-09 J18 Allsvenskan SM-silver Medal
  • 2008-09 TV-Pucken 2nd Place
  • 2008-09 TV-Pucken Best Defenseman "Lill-Strimmas Stipendium"
  • 2009-10 Elitserien Most Points by U18 Junior
  • 2009-10 WJC U18 All-Star Team
  • 2009-10 WJC U18 Best Defenseman
  • 2009-10 WJC U18 Silver Medal
  • 2009-10 WJC U18 Top 3 Player on Team
  • 2009-10 WJC U20 Bronze Medal
  • 2010-11 Elitserien SM-silver medal
  • 2011 KHL Draft - 17th Overall, 1st Round
  • HW's Take:

    Was the consensus number one pick a few months ago, but now finds himself fighting to stay in the top 5.

    I don't believe in the franchise hype Larsson was getting at the beginning of the season, but he still has a very good potential of being a top pairing defenseman.

    The complete package, he is a very well rounded defenseman, with very good size. In addition, he has very good poise and very good hockey sense. While, in my opinion, he won't be a franchise player, he'll eat TONS of minutes on the blueline, and he'll be player that the coach can put out in any situation: 5-on-5, PP, PK, last 5 minutes, against top players etc.

    Also, his downside doesn't seem too bad either. He can either become a top pairing defenseman, or if all goes to worst, he'll become a decent depth NHLer. With the size, poise and mobility, his chance of become an NHLer is very high.

    The question is, do you spend your #1 overall pick on him or guys like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jonathan Huberdeau who have very dynamic side to their games?

    HW's Projection

    #1-2 All-round defenseman

    Summary Scouts Notes

    For full explanations, click on the links:

    B2011DW

    the complete package ... a powerful skater who is smooth with his stride and footwork ... has very good hands and vision ... has a booming shot ... plays a smart positional game ... can run the power play effectively ... a mature, poised, confident kid ... Larsson was not a dominating player, but that's not really his game

    NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards (via NHL.com)

    "Adam is one of the best skater’s in this year’s draft -- he has excellent speed and mobility. He also has patient puck handling abilities and can surprise an opponent with a solid hit. His size and skating ability make him comparable with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman."

    The Scouting Report

    He’s a composed defender with solid skills at both ends of the ice ... an imposing figure with tremendous size ... size, puck moving ability, and solid positional play are all there ... very calm with the puck ... has great poise and vision ... very capable offensively ... skating is likely the primary concern if you’re looking for one

    Video Evidence

    Adam Larsson Scouting Video (via Dawstar)

    Where Does He Fit With The Wild?

    We may have alot of defensemen in the system, and alot of them with size, but Larsson is just someone you WANT to have in your organization.

    It will make our deep defensive core deep AND talented.

    Good Choice At #10?

    He's too good to pass on.

    I know we want goal-scoring forwards but its Adam freakin Larsson. Mobile, big, eats minutes, brings some offense etc etc.

    How Does He Look As A Wild?

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    Comment away!

    Special thanks to Brock Otten, Kirk Luedek, Scott Campbell, and Dan Shrader 

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