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#18 Brian Lashoff
Pos: D
D.O.B.: 7/16/90
From: Albany, NY
Height: 6'3
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left
Drafted: Undrafted
Acquired: Signed to 3-yr contract by Detroit (NHL) 9/30/08
Plus: Good Skater... Good First Pass... Hard, Accurate Point Shot... Moves the puck up ice well... Character Player with Leadership ability... Will bang and hit with authority... Good work ethic...
Minus: Defensive game, while improved, is still a work in progress... Needs to bulk up... Needs to develop more of an edge...
Organizational Comments: Red Wings GM Ken Holland: "He's played 18 to 20 minutes a night and a lot of nights he's playing against the other team's best players, He's been on the penalty kill. We like him. He's rangy. He's 6-foot-2, he competes hard. He's got the ability to make good outlet passes and he's 22 years of age."
What GRC says: 2015-16 The difference between the AHL and the NHL isn't much, but in Lashoff's case it is the difference between being a depth defender and a difference maker. At the AHL level he is perhaps the top defensive defenseman in the league, using his calm demeanor and excellent vision to break up rushes and take away space. He is tough to play against because of his size, skating and wingspan, and flat out rarely makes mistakes. He plays with a physical edge and will drop the gloves when necessary but is also capable of making a clutch offensive play as his two big playoff goals attested. A restricted free agent, Lashoff will certainly be qualified, but some NHL club may pick him up on waivers in the fall if they feel he can help their blueline.
2014-15 Took his NHL demotion in stride and was perhaps the team's best all-around defenseman in the second half. He had an immediate impact on the level of play of Jensen when they became partners. Willing to play physical, he also was great in his own end, and capable of moving the puck with authority. It is likely he is back in the NHL next season, maybe not with Detroit.
2012-13 After an unexpected stay in Detroit, Lashoff was returned to Grand Rapids early in the second round. The hulking blueliner was rusty after sitting so long in the NHL, but played his way back into shape and was a physical presence on the Griffins blueline. He played a steady and simple game upon his return, staying back in his own end and not leading the rush. Lashoff is penciled in as the 7th rearguard in Detroit next season.
2011-12 Lashoff earned high marks for playing through a painful shoulder injury most of the season and still managing to play at a high level. He shored up his defensive game over the second half and saw a lot of minutes in all situations. Despite the shoulder he still played physical, banging along the boards and in front. The Wings like his skill set and size and he should be a lock to receive a new contract to return for another season.
2010-11 Lashoff finally got to play semi-regularly after recovering from a string of injuries. He got better as the season went on and hopefully a clean start next season will give him an opportunity to play at the level he can. While his offensive game was missing this season, he was impressive defensively and made a good first pass to start the transition. Expect him to bulk up over the summer and return with a greater impact next season.
2009-10 Following up on last season's strong finish, Lashoff again turned heads with his defensive acumen and great first pass. He posted a stunning +5 in six games and made Kindl look like a star.
Spring 2010 Lashoff ended his junior career when Kingston (OHL) was eliminated from the playoffs this spring. It was an up and down season for the steady blueliner, as he battled the lows of injuries and playoff heartbreak, but also celebrated winning the gold medal with Team USA at the world juniors in December. He should step right into the Grand Rapids lineup like he never left and pick up where he left off at the end of last season.
2008-09 The surprise of the prospects tournament last fall, Lashoff joined the Griffins roster at the conclusion of his junior season this spring, presumably for a little experience at the pro level. Instead, he stepped up in the absence of Jonathan Ericsson and became arguably the team's best defender during the latter portion of the season. Unfortunately he finished the playoffs on the sidelines, the victim of a concussion suffered in the Manitoba series. A mobile blueliner with very good instincts, he never missed a step, notching almost a point per game, quarterbacking the powerplay, and playing in all-important situations. Even though he must return to the OHL next season, Brian has served notice that he is a player, and has begun his move up the depth chart.
Spring 2009 Lashoff had a great camp with Detroit and earned an NHL contract as an undrafted 18 yr old. He continued to show improvment during his OHL season this year and now will get a chance to see what it's like as a pro. An offensively gifted blueliner, Brian has size, speed and talent, and should be an interesting addition to the blueline.
Role: Two-way Defenseman
Projection: NHL 3-5 Defenseman


9/30/08 Signed to 3-yr contract by Detroit (NHL)
10/3/08 Assigned to Kingston (OHL)
3/20/09 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
9/6/09 Recalled by Detroit (NHL) for training camp
9/14/09 Assigned to Kingston (OHL)
4/1/10 Assigned to grand Rapids (AHL)
9/11/10 Recalled by Detroit (NHL) for training camp
10/3/10 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
12/2/10 Assigned to Toledo (ECHL)
12/6/10 Recalled by Grand Rapids (AHL)
4/11/11 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
10/2/11 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
4/16/12 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
9/14/12 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
1/13/13 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
1/18/13 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
1/21/13 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
2/25/13 Signed to 3-yr extension by Detroit (NHL)
3/31/13 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
4/3/13 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
5/10/13 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
1/31/15 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
10/5/15 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
7/1/16 RFA - Signed 1 yr contract with Detroit (NHL)