Update: Filip Larsson signed his letter of intent to play for the University of Denver on Thursday afternoon.
Red Wings prospect Filip Larsson missed half of his USHL season with the Tri-City Storm due to a groin injury, but Larsson believes that he needs to keep moving forward.
Larsson told the Kearney Hub’s Dan Zielinski that he will begin his college career at the University of Denver next fall:
“I think a good next step is going to college,” he said. “I think going there will be good because they have a good goalie coach that will help me develop things that I need to get better at.
“(Detroit) supports me with my choice and thinks it’s a great choice. They wanted me to go to college.”
Larsson sat out 17 games with the injury and missed 11 games competing with Team Sweden in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. Larsson missed a total of 30 games this season.
Despite missing significant time, Larsson was the USHL’s top netminder this season. His .941 save percentage is the highest-ever in a single season in USHL history, while he finished second all-time with a 1.65 goals against average.
“I played a lot and in every game I could,” Larsson said. “I felt like I developed a lot and think that I have made great progress here. My stick handling and adjusting from the bigger ice has helped me get a lot better.”