Ducks First Round Pick in Depth: Jacob Larsson

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Tell me if you have heard this before: The Anaheim Ducks draft a Swedish defensemen with their first round pick. It seems to be the new norm for the current scouting panel led by Martin Madden. On June 26th, Bob Murray and Co. announced that they drafted Jacob Larsson, from Frolunda in Sweden. Wondering how he plays? Look no further than Hampus Lindholm, the Ducks first rounder in 2012 and current top defenseman.

Larsson is an extremely smooth skater. He is described as a smart d-man with fantastic passing skills. He helped his team to a bronze medal in 2013-14 and was named top defenseman in Sweden’s U-18 league. Per director of European scouting, Goran Stubb, “He plays a surprisingly mature game with good decisions on both offense and defense. Good size and strength and a mobile skater. Very quick first pass, makes smart plays and finds the open man well.”

When can we expect Larsson in Anaheim, you ask? Well, he is only eighteen. He will likely be left in Sweden for a couple years to grow and become more acclimated to playing against larger players. There is also no need for the Ducks to rush any defensemen with a strong core group headed by Hampus Lindholm and not limited to Shea Theodore and Brandon Montour.

Ducks fans have no reason to complain over this pick. As general manager Bob Murray put it, “you can never have too many defensemen.” At this point, the entire scouting department deserves to be trusted. The quality of their work has been proven in the recent past. Trust in the process.