Jeff Cox of The New England Hockey Journal reported on Monday that Merrimack forward Ludvig Larsson would use the graduate-transfer rule to transfer to another team for the 2018-19 season, and would be eligible to play immediately.
The Mack Report has confirmed more details on the situation, and while Larsson is certainly exploring his opportunities, it’s not a done deal yet that he’ll play elsewhere in 2018-19.
— Larsson first began exploring transfer opportunities several weeks before the the announcement of a new head coach. The news first began to spread amongst some in the coaching community in the week prior to the Frozen Four. It appears that this situation would have been present even without a coaching change — other programs were aware Larsson was graduating early and were making overtures about a grad transfer — and it was not a direct result of the new coaching staff being hired; this was put in motion weeks before a hire was even made.
— Merrimack is still leaving the door open for Larsson to play for the Warriors in 2018-19, and no final decision has been made on his plans for next year. Larsson is still in the process of visiting other programs, so no final decision on where he’ll play in 2018-19 has been made. Larsson has had talks with three Hockey East schools — Boston University, Providence and Northeastern — as well as Minnesota Duluth and Penn State, among some other unknowns. Boston University pulled its offer after Brady Tkachuk informed the program he would return for his sophomore season.
— According to one NCAA assistant who spoke with Larsson about potentially transferring to his program, Larsson is looking for an opportunity to be a top-2 center on an NCAA Tournament team. The problem is that situation might not exist; most teams that seem like solid bets for the NCAA Tournament likely already have their top-six forwards locked down.
Larsson has 45 points (24 goals, 21 assists) in 91 NCAA games over the last three seasons. His brother, Alfred Larsson, will graduate from Merrimack later this month (May 20) but has taken a full-time job in the Boston area, and will remain local.