Ludvig Larsson is AHL bound.
The Swedish graduate transfer officially inked an amateur tryout (ATO) contract with the New Jersey Devils' AHL affiliate Binghamton Devils. These types of deals are common for undrafted college students coming off of their final season of eligibility wanting to try their hand at making it in the pros.
The left-handed, 23-year-old forward hailing from Malmö, Sweden utilized the graduate transfer rule and immediately made his Penn State debut this past 2018-19 season. He instantly made a splash, especially at the faceoff dot, where he ranked No.10 nationally with a sparkling .596 win percentage at the end of the regular season. He also accumulated 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 39 total games played. Larsson spent the majority of his playing time cycled around the top-six.
He originally played college hockey at Merrimack, where he spent three years before leaving and choosing to play for Guy Gadowsky. It was reported that Larsson was considering several of college hockey's top programs, such as reigning 2018 NCAA champions Minnesota-Duluth, Northeastern, Providence, and Boston University.
He'll join former Nittany Lions Vince Pedrie (Milwaukee), Andrew Sturtz (Belleville), Eamon McAdam (Toronto), Tommy Olcyzk (Rockford), and Zach Saar (San Diego) as players who are currently in the AHL or spent a stint on an AHL team. There are also many other former Lions playing in either the ECHL or professional hockey leagues overseas.
This is great news for Larsson, and it couldn't happen to a more deserving person. We wish him all the best.