Johan Larsson

Paul Zwambag

2016-05-01

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Johan Larsson, C

Shoots: L Height: 5-11 Weight: 198
Born: 1992-07-25 Hometown: Lau, Sweden Drafted: 2010 by Minnesota, 56th overall

 

 

 

 

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May 2016 – One-year contract signed for $950,000. Larsson played a full season with the Sabres playing bottom-six minutes. He scored 17 points (10-7) in 74 games played, averaging just under 15 minutes of ice time per game. Larsson will continue to grow into an excellent depth scorer from the bottom of the lineup. He won't get a chance to move up the Sabres depth chart with all the young forwards they have on their roster and in their prospect system.

 

 

February 2016 – Johan Larsson scored the game winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens to record his second goal of the season. Larsson has now played the most NHL games in one season of his career, his previous highest was 39 games. Bylsma has proven that Larsson is a regular NHL third liner, giving Johan just under 14 minutes of ice time per game. Continuing to get third line minutes will depend on if Larsson can continue to produce, scoring a point every ten games is not quite enough depth production to keep his roster spot for the long-term. Paul Zwambag

 

August 2015 – Johan Larsson has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Buffalo Sabres worth $800,000. Larsson is well liked by many in the organization, Bylsma was on the Fan590 when he was first hired and spoke highly of Larsson. “…talked to a few coaches in the league of scouting reports on their players and their individuals and this Larsson kid he is tough to play against, he is a gritty player, he played a hard game, they had to watch this guy when he was on the ice and take note of him, he’s in that mix of those players.” By the sounds of that quote from Bylsma, Larsson is going to get an opportunity to make the team as a bottom six energy guy, but will likely end up being the first guy called up when an injury occurs. There is a few too many NHL contracts above him on the depth chart to see him make the team out of camp. Paul Zwambag

 

March 2015 – With the recent shuffling in Buffalo it has led to an increased role for 2013 deadline acquisition Johan Larsson and he's finally taking advantage of it. Playing on the top line with Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis he's notched seven points in the past eight games and looks the bit of an NHL player. This is the first sign of life that Larsson has shown at the NHL level and if he can sustain this level of success for the remainder of the season he may revitalize his career. The Swedish centre has netted his first four NHL goals this season and has nine points in 27 games to go along with nearly a point-a-game in the AHL with 37 points through 41 games. His production in 2015 has put himself back on the map and in the conversation for a role in what should be a revamped lineup in Buffalo next season. If not with the Sabres then maybe he's caught the attention of another team and revived his trade value in the process. Travis Watson

 

November 2013 – Larsson who was one of the pieces acquired by the Sabres for former captain Jason Pominville was creating some buzz coming into camp after helping lead the way for Sabres prospects with three goals and two assists while carrying them t