Just like most anyone his age, Filip Larsson is on social media — a lot.
Because he is consistently on his phone, Larsson, 20, arguably the Red Wings’ best goaltending prospect, sees and hears all the speculation surrounding himself, mainly from Wings’ fans wanting Larsson to soon becoming the team's No. 1 goalie.
“Yeah, I get some stuff on social media,” he said recently at the Wings’ development camp. “Sometimes I get a message, or something. I know about it and it’s fun to see. For me, I want to play games at the next level.”
If the recent past is any indication, Larsson will someday get the chance.
Larsson signed a pro contract this spring, leaving the University of Denver and signing a three-year entry-level deal with the Wings.
A sixth-round draft pick in 2016, Larsson is penciled to begin the season in Grand Rapids, splitting time with veteran goaltender Calvin Pickard while learning the professional game.
Signing Pickard, general manager Steve Yzerman said, was important for the Wings, creating more veteran depth but also giving Larsson an opportunity to work with a dedicated veteran.