Detroit Red Wings: Lashoff Signs Three-Year Extension

Brian Lashoff of the Detroit Red Wings turns up ice in front of Colin Wilson of the Nashville Predators at Joe Louis Arena on February 23, 2013. / Getty Images

Brian Lashoff of the Detroit Red Wings turns up ice in front of Colin Wilson of the Nashville Predators at Joe Louis Arena on February 23, 2013. / Getty Images

By Rhys Richards (@RREsq)

On Monday, the Detroit Red Wings signed defenseman Brian Lashoff to a three-year one-way extension worth $725,000 per season. The 22-year-old would have become an unrestricted free agent in July.

Detroit has suffered a rash of injuries on its blue line this season, but the team called up Lashoff to see what he could do. The 6-foot-3, 212 pound defenseman was signed as an undrafted free agent and has spent parts of the last five seasons with Grand Rapids Griffins.

Lashoff made his NHL debut on January 21, 2013 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He scored his first NHL goal that night. In 15 games with the Red Wings, Lashoff has scored one goal and added two assists while posting a plus-three rating.

This season, Lashoff has spent most of his even strength playing time with Niklas Kronwall and impressed on the penalty kill.

In 2011-2012, Lashoff scored 8 goals and added 11 assists in 76 games in Grand Rapids. In 36 games this season before he was called up, he scored two goals and posted four assists. He had also improved on his minus-9 last season with a responsible plus-four. Interestingly, Lashoff has some experience playing left wing for the Griffins.

Lashoff played for the United States World Junior team when it won the gold medal in 2010 then he turned pro.

Detroit General Manager Ken Holland told Michigan Live, “I told [Lashoff]’s agent, Rick Curran, last week that we’ve seen enough to think he’s a National Hockey League defenseman, do they want to talk security?”

Holland added, “We like to reward young people when they play well. It gives him the confidence that, ‘I’m doing good things and I’ll be in the NHL.’ We think he’ll get better and better.”

Lashoff’s older brother, Matt, was selected 22nd overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. He has played in 74 NHL games with the Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He currently plays for Zurich in the top Swiss league.

In 19 games so far this season, Detroit has sustained injuries to Jonathan Ericsson, Carlo Colaiacovo, Brenden Smith, Ian White, and Kyle Quincey. Ericsson and White have returned, while Quincey could return on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Colaiacovo and Smith are expected back before the end of the week.

Holland indicated that Detroit is not close to signing any of its other players scheduled to become free agents this summer, but the team does hope to sign starting goaltender Jimmy Howard, veteran forward Valtteri Filppula, and flashy newcomer Damien Brunner.

Statistics and other information obtained at www.freep.com and www.hockeydb.com.  

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