Anaheim Ducks loan Jacob Larsson to Swedish club
the Anaheim Ducks having lent a defender Jacob Larsson at Kristianstads IK of HockeyAllsvenskan, the Swedish second-tier hockey league. With the 2021 NHL season evolving, many players – especially prospects and players who returned to Europe earlier this year – are choosing to play in European leagues that have already returned to play. Larsson will be eligible to return on each NHL / AHL comeback.
The 23-year-old Swedish defender was the Ducks‘first-round selection in 2015, placing 27th overall after the Ducks reached the Western Conference playoff final. Meanwhile, Larsson had made his debut with Frölunda HC, playing 20 games with the Swedish Men’s League. He was the third highest ranked European skater before the 2015 draft.
Larsson’s journey to the NHL saw him returning to Frölunda rather than playing for the San Diego Gulls in the LAH. His first full season on the North American ice came in 2017-18, registering 3 goals and 13 assists in 50 games with the Gulls. Last year he played most of the season with the big club, appearing in 60 games and recording 2 goals and 9 assists.
Facing restricted free agency this offseason, Larsson signed a two-year, $ 2.4 million contract extension with the Ducks on August 6.
Larsson had a tough outing in the 2019-20 season. He’s never been an offensive threat – his draft year was a career year in points, with 19 out of 30 appearances for U20 club Frölunda. But last year he was an attacking black hole and his defensive play suffered even more.
Larsson however spent the majority of his time playing with Holzer Korbinien, an even bigger black hole in defense, and Michael del zotto, which has had an equally difficult year. The defense was pretty bad overall, but Larsson seems to be in a decent position to bounce back, especially if given a quality partner the season ahead. Holzer and Del Zotto are both still unrestricted free agents.
So far, the Ducks have loaned six players to European clubs: Axel Andersson in Södertälje SK (HockeyAllsvenskan), Isac Lundestrom in Timrå IK (HockeyAllsvenskan), Hunter Drew at HC Banska Bystrica (Slovakia), Romain Durny at HC Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia) and Lukas Dostal in Ilves (Liiga).