Larsson will not play Tuesday against Detroit, reports John Vogl of The Buffalo News. Despite proving that he can score consistently at the AHL level and going on a hot streak to finish the 2014-15 season, Larsson has struggled through 21 games, scoring just three assists. The versatile Swedish forward just can't seem to maintain a grip on a roster spot, and played just 6:37 against Nashville on Nov. 25 before sitting the next two games. His upside isn't worth the risk right now in fantasy.
Larsson notched his first two points of the season Tuesday, picking up two assists (one on the power play) to go with a plus-2 rating in an overtime victory against the Flyers. Considering the offensive touch Larsson's shown in the AHL -- including 40 points in 44 games last year -- it shouldn't come as a surprise that he has this in him, but Larsson has seem very inconsistent ice time early on this year. However, Tuesday's 22 shifts for 15:23 represents his greatest usage this season, and it seems likely that the Sabres will give him a little more run in an expanded role -- including continued time on the second line alongside Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart -- to see if he can build on this performance.
Larsson will take David Legwand's place against Toronto, reports Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald. Larsson will slot into the fourth line. He seems to produce more when he's playing with scoring wingers, but that won't be the case here, and it's unlikely he'll receive substantial ice time. Larsson was publicly displeased about the way he was used early last year, and it's the same story again so far this season. He has been held without a point for four straight games.
Larsson was a healthy scratch in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay. Larsson sat for the first time as a healthy scratch this season, repeating a similar theme from last year. Though he finished the previous season on a high note with 13 points in his final 19 games, he failed to establish himself in a scoring role during the preseason. The versatile forward looks like he will be the Sabres' extra man on most nights.
Confirming a previous Swedish report, the Sabres officially announced Johan Larsson has re-signed.
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