By Michael Walters
Defenseman Jacob Larsson plans to stay in Sweden next season and play with Frolunda according to an interview with Henrik Leman of the Gothenburg newspaper.
“I felt I needed another year, one where I play fully. I developed a lot last season for Rogers (Rönnberg) and Robert’s (Robert Ohlsson) line and I felt that I can develop more here at home,” Larsson said in the interview. Larsson scored five goals and had nine assists for a total of 14 points in 47 SHL games last season. His +/- was +11 during the regular season. He also had three assists in 16 playoffs games as Frolunda won the SHL Championship.
He did appear in one San Diego Gulls playoff game in 2015-16, recording no points. The Anaheim Ducks would have liked for him to play with the Gulls starting next season, but Larsson has other plans. Larsson wants to get in more game playing time and learn to be more responsible with his style of play. He is displaying a good amount of patience for a 19-year-old. Fans in California will have to be patient as well until he makes the complete transition and move to San Diego.
Larsson was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the 1st Round, 27th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
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