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Brian Lashoff Signs 3-year Extension with Red Wings

Gregory Shamus

Per Ansar Khan at MLive,the Red Wings signed rookie defenseman Brian Lashoff to a three-year contract extension on Monday. Lashoff, 22 has played 15 games with the Red Wings this season averaging 18:54 per game with 1 goal and 2 assists. Were it not for key defensive injuries, he likely would have spent the entire season in Grand Rapids. As it stands, he's parlayed this chance into a new contract to follow up on the soon-to-be-expiring entry level deal which will pay him a prorated $525,000 at the NHL level.

Usage-wise, Lashoff is fourth among Red Wings' blueliners in even-strength time on ice, but 3rd on the team for shorthanded ice time, playing only 8 fewer seconds per game than Kyle Quincey on an improving penalty-kill.

The 6'3" 212lb New Yorker has played mostly with Niklas Kronwall as the net-front defender and stay-at-home guy that the team lost when Brad Stuart's expiring rights were traded to San Jose in the offseason. While the rookie learning curve has bitten him on occasion, all-in-all he's doing a good job.

We'll have more information on Lashoff's salary when it comes available. The three-year deal will expire when Lashoff is 25 and a restricted free agent.