Johan Larsson

#22 C / Buffalo Sabres / EXP: 5YRS Height: 5-11 Weight: 200 lb Age: 25 College: None

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  • Larsson netted his first goal of the season and added a helper in Sunday's win over the Ducks. Larsson had a productive night all around, firing five shots on goal and dishing out three hits. The third-line center has a 10-goal season to his name, but Larsson sees limited minutes and doesn't offer much to fantasy goers. He was on his way to a career year in 2016-17 before suffering season-ending injuries, so there's potential for him to develop into a reliable depth scorer.

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  • Larsson (wrist) signed a two-year, $2.95 million contract extension with the Sabres on Saturday. So much for arbitration. Larsson's camp continued to negotiate with the Sabres past the July 5 filing deadline, and the two sides ended up reaching this new deal for a $525,000 raise in terms of average annual value -- not to mention an additional year of having the Swede on the books. He was limited to 36 games last season due to wrist and elbow injuries, but was rather efficient offensively when he did hit the ice, notching six goals and five assists over 16:51 of ice time. Under the tutelage of coach Dan Bylsma -- who's since been fired -- Larsson's power-play ice time had gradually shrunk in order to increase his role on the penalty kill, so it'll be interesting to see if that changes under new bench boss Phil Housley. Either way, he's likely to be confined to a fourth-line center role and thus is an unappealing fantasy option.

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  • Sabres' Johan Larsson: Heading for arbitration
    By RotoWire Staff

    Larsson (wrist) will file for salary arbitration, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports. Evidently, the Swede has turned down his qualifying offer after his last contract with the Sabres went for one year and $950,000. Of course, Larsson only played in 36 games this past season, with a wrist injury to blame, but providing 11 points over that span represented a career-high clip, so he can use that to try and justify a higher salary with an arbiter.

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  • Sabres' Johan Larsson: Rights retained
    By RotoWire Staff

    The Sabres retained the rights to Larsson (wrist) after giving him a qualifying offer. Larsson's season was cut short after a suffering a wrist injury, and he finished with 11 points in 36 games. He was just getting into a groove and had established himself as the team's No. 3 center when he injured his wrist, and the Sabres clearly liked enough of what they saw to bring him back for the 2017-18 season. He should be healthy when training camp rolls around, and he'll have to fend off the competition to regain his spot in the lineup.

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  • Sabres' Johan Larsson: Protected by Sabres
    By RotoWire Staff

    Larsson (wrist) will not be made available for the expansion draft. Despite appearing in just 36 games last season, the Sabres opted to protect Larsson, who was on pace for career highs across the board. It took Larsson awhile to find his groove in Buffalo, but once he had settled in as the third-line center, he showed marked improvement in all facets of the game. His showing was promising enough for the Sabres to protect him for the expansion draft, and he's expected to re-sign with the team soon. Larsson should be able to make a full recovery from his wrist injury that forced him to miss all of the 2017 calendar year, and upon his return will likely return to a similar role.

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