Johan Larsson

#22 LW / Buffalo Sabres / EXP: 3YRS Height: 5-11 Weight: 206 lb Age: 23 College: None

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      Sabres' Johan Larsson: Tallies first two points of 2015-16

      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.

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      Sabres' Johan Larsson: Draws back into lineup Wednesday

      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.

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      Sabres' Johan Larsson: Scratched on Saturday

      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.

    • Sabres Officially Re-sign Larsson

      News: Confirming a previous Swedish report, the Sabres officially announced Johan Larsson has re-signed.
      Analysis: The one-year extension is a one-way deal, which means Johan Larsson is expected to be on the Sabres roster for the year. Since arriving from Minnesota via trade, Larsson has been a consistent scorer in the AHL with 81 points in his past 95 games, but failed to much of an impact in the NHL. He did finish strong, however, late last year when he saw top-line minutes and scored 14 points in his final 19 games. He's expected to be a depth scorer and has little fantasy value until he proves himself.
    • Sabres Re-sign Larsson

      News: Citing a Swedish newspaper, the Sabres have re-signed Johan Larsson to a one-year, one-way contract, reports The Buffalo News.
      Analysis: The most interesting part of this deal is that it's a one-way deal, meaning Johan Larsson is essentially assured a spot in the lineup. The 22-year-old center bristled under former head coach Ted Nolan, but after finding himself on the top line after a slew of injuries, went on to score 14 points in 19 games to close out the season. He is unlikely to play center with the number of options on the Sabres, but should find himself on the second or third line. He's a risky option in fantasy at the moment despite having some considerable upside.
    • Sabres To Qualify Larsson

      News: Johan Larsson will be given a qualifying offer, which means the Sabres will retain his rights next season, reports The Buffalo News.
      Analysis: Despite a mid-season rift with former head coach Ted Nolan, Johan Larsson redeemed himself with a strong second-half and will remain a Sabre for the foreseeable future. After being promoted to the top line, Larsson clicked with linemates Tyler Ennis and Matt Moulson, scoring 13 points over the final two months of the season. Larsson is unlikely to be the Sabres' top center next season, as that role will likely fall on Zemgus Girgensons, but Larsson should be placed in a scoring role. His fantasy value is limited until he can show his performance was no fluke.
    • Sabres Reassign Larsson

      News: Johan Larsson was reassigned to AHL Rochester on Monday.
      Analysis: Johan Larsson turned it around after being named Buffalo's No. 1 center down the stretch, finishing with 16 points in 39 games and 12 penalty minutes. Previously pigeonholed as a checking-line player, Larsson has blossomed offensively in the AHL and showed that he can score in the NHL when used in the right situations. However, the organization already sees Connor McDavid and Sam Reinhart as its future top two centers. Given Larsson's performance, it's unlikely the Sabres will relinquish his rights. A strong finish to the season with Rochester will further solidify Larsson's case, and a poor finish won't really tarnish his reputation. He has little left to show in the AHL.
    • Sabres' Larsson Stays Hot With Two-Point Game

      News: Johan Larsson turned in a two-point effort in Monday's 4-3 victory over the Hurricanes. He registered a goal in the second period and set up Tyler Ennis for the game-winner 15 minutes later.
      Analysis: A mid-February call-up by the Sabres from AHL Rochester, Johan Larsson has not only earned a long-term stay in Buffalo, but his strong play has awarded him an appointment on the team's top line. While such a deployment usually wouldn't mean much on the league's lowest-scoring unit, Larsson is beginning to heat up in the dog days of the season. Over a 15-game sample, Larsson has produced five goals and eight assists to go along with a plus-5 rating. There's certainly a place for him in deep leagues, and perhaps in the Sabres' top-six ranks for years to come.
    • Sabres' Larsson Sets Up Tying Goal

      News: Johan Larsson set up Matt Moulson's game-tying third-period goal in an eventual 4-3 victory for the Sabres on Wednesday against the Maple Leafs.
      Analysis: Johan Larsson has recorded an assist in four of his last five games and has three goals and 10 points dating back to March 7. In addition, he's held down a plus-4 rating down that stretch, a surprising development considering the Sabres have lost nine of their last 12 games. The 22-year-old might make for a useful pickup in deeper formats over the final week of the season.
    • Sabres' Larsson Collects An Assist Against Dallas

      News: Johan Larsson snapped a two-game pointless streak and scored an assist in Monday's 4-3 loss to Dallas.
      Analysis: The Sabres' top center played more than 20 minutes for the fifth straight game and has three points in that span. Though the Sabres' second line did most of the damage Monday night, Johan Larsson finished with 25 shifts, two shots on goal and won 52 percent of his faceoffs. The Sabres have a chance to score a lot with games against the Coyotes, Leafs and Avs coming up, so Larsson has some pretty good upside. He's firmly entrenched as the team's No. 1 for the time being. Linemates Tyler Ennis and Matt Moulson have also started scoring with more consistency, which can only be a positive for Larsson.
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