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Rangers Draft D Rasmus Larsson in 5th Round (152nd Pick)

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“Tall, rangy and plays with length; a smooth skater who can break pucks out of his own zone effortlessly and has the ability to create offense by leading and supporting the rush. Has a big point shot and a threat to score goals from the back end, with 16 tucks in 50 games, good for a share of first in Sweden’s (top junior) league among defensemen. He may need time to adjust to the smaller ice and need to process faster and make quicker decisions, but he’s a pro prospect with a lot of upside to play big minutes in all situations.”




Committed to Northern Michigan for 2024-25. Seems like he could be going to Green Bay in the USHL to fill in that gap year. Interesting to see what happens here. He already has a pro frame at 6'3" and 201. Seems like a project worth following.

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152. Rasmus Larsson, LHD, VASTERAS JR. (SWEDEN-JR.)

February 9, 2004 | 6′ 3″ | 200 pounds


Tier: Has a chance to play games

Skating: NHL average
Puck skills: Below NHL average
Hockey sense: Below NHL average
Compete: NHL average


Background: Larsson was one of the top scoring defensemen in Sweden’s J20 league as a second-year draft eligible after posting zero points the prior season. He was a top-four defenseman for Sweden at the U19 5 nations in February. He is committed to play college hockey at Northern Michigan University.


Analysis: Larsson’s natural athleticism is his big selling point. He’s a very strong skater for a guy who is 6-foot-3. The way he’s able to skate pucks up ice and close on checks with his feet looks like an NHL defenseman. The rest of his game outside of that is up for debate. He scored a lot this year and showed skill/IQ, but whether that’s what he projects to be as a pro is questionable. He’s also a so-so defender who doesn’t compete that hard in his own end. Thus he’s rough around the edges, but has the potential to be a good defenseman.



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