It is clear the New Jersey Devils believe that Adam Larsson will be a big part of the future. Today, newly-named general manager Ray Shero rewarded the 22-year-old defenseman, who was a restricted free agent, with a huge raise: 6-year, $25M. That’s pretty good for a kid who made $900,000 last season.
In my opinion, Adam Larsson’s development has progressed more slowly than expected. I guess it is partly what happens when you come into the National Hockey League as a 19-year-old defenseman. On top of that, he was not used to the North American style of play. Larsson’s first couple of seasons were sub-par for his expected level of talent. However, last season the Devils’ 2011 fourth overall pick recorded three goals and 21 assists in 64 games while averaging a career-high 20:58 of ice time.
These numbers suggest that the young defenseman is starting to come into his own in the NHL. The New Jersey Devils are banking on the fact that his development will continue – if it does, Ray Shero will look like a genius and this deal will become a bargain in a few years….