The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Brian Lashoff to a three-year contract extension worth $2.175 million.
Thanks to injuries plaguing the Detroit blue line, Lashoff has been a pleasant surprise this season for the team in need of solid defensive work. He has been strong and steady on defense, used on the top pairing for much of the season with Niklas Kronwall, recording one goal, two assists, four penalty minutes and a minus-4 rating in 15 games to date.
Last season, Lashoff bounced back from an injury-filled rookie season the year before to skate in all 76 games for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. After never scoring more than seven goals during his four-year junior career, Lashoff scored 8 goals for the Griffins including 3 power play goals and had 11 assists while finishing minus-nine with 41 penalty minutes. He did not see any post-season action as Grand Rapids missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fourth in the North Division. However, thanks to injuries to Carlo Colaiacovo and Jonathan Ericsson, Lashoff has proven himself worthy of a top six defenseman in the NHL.
Undrafted, Lashoff played major junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League with the Barrie Colts and Kingston Frontenacs. On October 1st, 2008, he was signed to a entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings organization following their 2008 training camp.
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