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December 11, 2019 08:24 AM
Sabres' Johan Larsson: Stays hot versus Blues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Larsson finished Tuesday's 5-2 win over St. Louis with a goal and an assist.

In his last five games, Larsson has posted two or more points three different times. Eight of his 12 points this season have come over that span. It's unlikely Larsson keeps up this rate of production, but his owners should enjoy it for the time being. Buffalo goes on the road to face the Islanders on Saturday and Larsson will be looking to keep things rolling. He was held without a point in the two teams' meeting earlier in the year.

December 9, 2019 12:00 AM
Sabres' Johan Larsson: Piling up points in December
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Larsson scored a goal on his lone shot and was plus-2 with two hits in Sunday's 3-2 overtime win over the Oilers.

Larsson had just four points through the first two months of the season, but something has clicked for him since the calendar turned to December. The 27-year-old has produced a goal and five assists in that stretch with a plus-5 rating. On the flip side, he's only mustered a grand total of three shots in this four-game run.

December 8, 2019 10:16 AM
Sabres' Johan Larsson: Makes impact in OT loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Larsson recorded two assists, adding a season-high seven hits and a plus-2 rating, in Saturday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Canucks.

The veteran center found himself on the second line at times with Marcus Johansson and Jeff Skinner, and Larsson responded with his second multi-point performance in the last three games. He has only two goals and nine points on the year, but six of those helpers have come in the last five games. If he can hang onto a top-six assignment, Larsson could become a viable fantasy play in deeper formats despite his lack of power-play time.

December 2, 2019 11:08 PM
Sabres' Johan Larsson: Logs three assists in first period
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Larsson registered three assists, all in the opening period, in a 7-1 win over New Jersey on Monday.

Larsson figured in on Buffalo's second, third and fourth goals of the game as the Sabres erupted for a 5-0 first-period lead. It was just the second three-point performance of Larsson's career and his first since March 11, 2015. The 27-year-old has four points over his last three games after totaling three points in his first 22.

November 21, 2019 11:16 AM
Sabres' Johan Larsson: Good to go
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Larsson (upper body) will return to the lineup for Thursday's game against Boston.

Larsson has missed Buffalo's last three games due to an upper-body injury, but he'll return to a bottom-six role against the Bruins, centering Zemgus Girgensons and Curtis Lazar on the Sabres' third line. The 27-year-old Swede has only totaled three points in 18 games this campaign, so he can be ignored in all fantasy formats.

November 18, 2019 01:32 PM
Sabres' Johan Larsson: Unavailable against Wild
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Larsson (upper body) will miss Tuesday's matchup with Minnesota, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.

Larsson's continued absence, along with a bevy of other forwards, will likely force the Sabres into dressing seven defensemen against the Wild. Prior to getting hurt, Larsson managed a mere one point in his last nine appearances. Given his limited offensive upside, the Swede figures to remain a low-end fantasy option.

November 17, 2019 05:40 PM
Sabres' Johan Larsson: Won't play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Larsson (upper body) will not suit up for Sunday's game in Chicago, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.

Larsson has now missed both games this weekend with his upper-body issue. Tage Thompson was recalled Sunday and will slot into the lineup. Larsson's next shot to play will be Tuesday against the Wild.

November 16, 2019 07:08 PM
Sabres' Johan Larsson: Unable to suit up Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Larsson (upper body) won't play in Saturday's matchup against the Senators, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.

Larsson will miss his first game of the season, opening the door for Rasmus Asplund to make his NHL debut. The former has three points through 18 games. Larsson is officially ruled day-to-day, so he's at least deemed questionable for Sunday's contest against the Blackhawks as well.

November 15, 2019 01:16 PM
Sabres' Johan Larsson: Deemed day-to-day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Larsson (upper body) is considered day-to-day ahead of Saturday's matchup with the Senators.

There's still a chance that Larsson will be available against Ottawa, but at this point he should probably be considered questionable at best for that contest. The 27-year-old pivot has picked up three points in 18 games this campaign.

October 20, 2019 02:08 AM
Sabres' Johan Larsson: Picks up apple
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Larsson generated an assist, three blocked shots, two hits and two shots on goal in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Sharks.

The fourth-liner did a little bit of everything in the contest, including providing a secondary assist on Zemgus Girgensons' game-winning goal. Larsson has only two points in nine games, and he likely won't warrant fantasy attention despite healthy non-scoring production (10 hits, 12 shots on goal).

October 11, 2019 10:48 PM
Sabres' Johan Larsson: Collects first goal of year
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Larsson scored a goal on his lone shot in Friday's 3-2 shootout win over Florida.

Larsson took a Kyle Okposo feed on a rush and roofed a shot over Florida goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to open the scoring with just 31 seconds left in the first period. The goal, Larsson's first of the year, was certainly a pretty one but he lit the lamp only 16 times combined over the previous three seasons and occupies a bottom-six forward role for the Sabres.

September 28, 2019 05:44 PM
Sabres' Johan Larsson: Ready to rock
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Larsson (upper body) will return to the lineup for Saturday's preseason finale against the Penguins.

Larsson missed Wednesday's exhibition game against Columbus due to an upper-body injury, but he's evidently already had enough time to recover. The 27-year-old pivot, who notched 14 points in 73 games last campaign, will occupy a bottom-six role while serving as a key penalty killer for the Sabres in 2019-20.

September 23, 2019 08:32 PM
Sabres' Johan Larsson: Nursing upper-body injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Larsson missed Monday's practice with an upper-body injury.

Larsson has spent the last five seasons with the Sabres, but he's stayed in a bottom-six role and has never surpassed 20 points. The 27-year-old winger adds a physical touch in that position, as he dished out 112 hits last season. He's on the final year of his $1.55 million AAV contract and is on track a similar role again.

July 12, 2019 12:00 PM
Sabres' Johan Larsson: Signs one-year pact
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Larsson put pen to paper on a one-year, $1.55 million contract extension with Buffalo on Friday.

Larsson -- who was handed a qualifying offer by the club -- tied himself to the Sabres for at least one more year. The 26-year-old notched 14 points in 73 games last season while slotted primarily into a bottom-six role. It should be more of the same for the Swede heading into the 2019-20 campaign with his ceiling likely in the 20-point range.

June 25, 2019 11:40 AM
Sabres' Johan Larsson: Qualified by Buffalo
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Larsson was given a qualifying offer by the Sabres on Tuesday, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.

Larsson signing the qualifying offer would result in him staying with Buffalo on a one-year pact rather than testing free agency. Considering he had just 14 points in 73 games last season, Larsson's probably better off sticking with the Sabres, as the interest in him on the market would be tepid at best.

May 14, 2019 11:32 AM
Sabres' Johan Larsson: No deal in place
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reports indicating Larsson would be leaving the Sabres to return to Brynas IF (SHL) appear to be premature, as the Swedish club's general manager denied the two sides have talked, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.

Larsson will be a restricted free agent this summer, so it's still possible he will head overseas if he doesn't land a suitable offer from Buffalo. If he does remain in the NHL, the 26-year-old figures to slot into a bottom-six role and could provide decent depth scoring.

May 14, 2019 11:28 AM
Johan Larsson: Heading overseas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Larsson will return to Brynas IF (SHL) after seven seasons in the NHL, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.

Larsson was set to be a restricted free agent this summer, but rather than re-sign with Buffalo, the center will head back to his native Sweden. The 26-year-old came up through the Brynas youth system before joining the senior team in 2010-11. In 331 NHL appearances, Larsson registered 32 goals, 47 assists and 164 PIM. While it seems unlikely, it's not impossible that Larsson will return to North America at some point in the future.

March 29, 2019 05:40 PM
Sabres' Johan Larsson: Nets assist in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Larsson picked up an assist in Thursday's loss to the Red Wings.

Larsson has been playing some of his best hockey lately, posting four points in the past seven contests. He's up to 14 points in 62 games, just three points shy of his 2017-18 total. He has a minus-6 rating on the campaign, but it's a huge improvement over last season's minus-30 rating.

March 15, 2019 10:16 AM
Sabres' Johan Larsson: Pointless in 10 straight
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Larsson failed to record a point, finishing with a minus-1 rating in Thursday's 5-0 loss to Pittsburgh.

With just 10 points through 61 games, Larsson holds little fantasy value in 2018-19. Since Jan. 1, the fourth-liner has scored one goal and tallied three assists in 27 games. We recommend looking elsewhere to fill out your fantasy rosters.

February 14, 2019 02:28 AM
Sabres' Johan Larsson: Tallies insurance marker
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Larsson scored to seal the victory in Tuesday's matchup with the Islanders.

Larsson picked up his first goal of 2019, leaving him with five goals and nine points on the campaign. He's been earning more ice time as of late, playing over 17 minutes in two of his last three contests. He could be in line for a slight uptick in production for the second half of the season should he continue to receive these opportunities. That said, he'll typically be stuck on a bottom line.

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