22-year-old defenseman Adam Larsson has agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension with the New Jersey Devils, helping them lock up a key piece of a solid young defensive group, the team announced on Saturday.
Surprisingly, the team also announced the full terms of the deal, signaling that the departure of Lou Lamoriello is real and that the Devils have entered a new era. The contract carries an AAV of $4.166 million, starting with him getting $2.5 million in actual salary next season and rising until he’s at $5.1 million in the final year of the deal.
Safe to say the Devils no longer operate in Lou's contractual cone of silence: pic.twitter.com/ifocZaornS
— Mike Halford (@HalfordTSN) July 25, 2015
Last season Larsson played 63 games, over which he scored three goals and 21 assists. It’s hard to believe, but he’s already played 192 career games, putting up six goals and 45 assists in that time.
The 2011 draft’s fourth overall pick managed to put up positive relative possession numbers last season despite his -11.1% ZSO%Rel. Though his score-adjusted CF%Rel was just 0.1%, he put up a 2.7% mark the year before through 26 games.
If Larsson continues to develop the way he has, he could be a steal at the end of this contract.
BREAKING: #NJDevils re-sign defenseman Adam Larsson to a six-year contract.
— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) July 25, 2015
Dustin Nelson writes about news and the Minnesota Wild for The Hockey Writers.