|Johan Larsson (Photo from Wild.com)|
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Larsson was named the 2011-2012 Rookie of the Year in the Swedish Elite League, joining a group that includes Henrik Zetterberg, Loui Erikson and Nicklas Backstrom (aka the Backstrom on Washington).
Wild prospect Johan Larsson has been awarded Rookie of the Year in the Swedish Elite League (SEL). Larsson was selected by Minnesota in the second round (56th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.It's a big honor for Larsson, who at times has become the "forgotten" 2010 second round pick. Playing against men in Sweden, Johan has matured and become an integral part of Brynas' run to the SEL Finals, including beating Jonas Brodin's Farjestad squad in the postseason. He also captained Sweden's gold-medal winning 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships team.
The 19 year old had 36 points (12-24=36) in 49 games in his rookie season with Brynas of the SEL. Larsson finished regular season ranked third on Brynas in scoring and assists.
Larsson will soon no longer be forgotten as the 19 year-old is looking to come over to North America next season and get a chance for a roster spot on Minnesota.
Phillips, meanwhile, was named the CHL Player of the Week for his performance in the Saint John
He joins fellow Minnesota Wild prospect and Sea Dog teammate Charlie Coyle in receiving this honor. Coyle was named the CHL Player of the Week two weeks ago and has 20 points in six playoff game.