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22 Johan Larsson LW
Height/Weight: 5-11/206 | Birthdate: 7/25/1992 | Birthplace: Lau, Sweden | Team: Buffalo Sabres | College: None | NHL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 4/2
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4/13/2015

Johan Larsson, LW, BUF

Johan Larsson

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.

4/7/2015

Johan Larsson, LW, BUF Sabres' Larsson Stays Hot With Two-Point Game

Johan Larsson

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.

4/2/2015

Johan Larsson, LW, BUF Sabres' Larsson Sets Up Tying Goal

Johan Larsson

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.

3/24/2015

Johan Larsson, LW, BUF

Johan Larsson

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.

3/16/2015

Johan Larsson, LW, BUF

Johan Larsson

Sabres' Larsson: Three Goals In Four Games

News: Johan Larsson scored a goal in Monday's shootout loss to Washington, giving him three in four games.
Analysis: Johan Larsson also played a season-high and career-high 23:10 as the team's No. 1 center, winning 62.5 percent of his faceoffs as well. He fired four shots on net in his increased role and is entering a hot streak with the new opportunities. Including a three-point effort against Toronto, Larsson now has five points in his past four games. He's a nice play for a potential hot streak but his play may not be sustainable, given his inconsistent track record.

3/12/2015

Johan Larsson, LW, BUF

Johan Larsson

Sabres' Larsson Posts Three Points In Loss

News: Johan Larsson recorded a goal and two assists in Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: The 22-year-old utility forward was a consistent scorer for AHL Rochester and is making the most of the opportunities now on Buffalo's top line. In two previous stints, Johan Larsson was used primarily in a bottom-six role, something that frustrated Larsson and later criticized the team publicly for misusing his talents. With a three-point game he's now entrenched as the team's top center and now has points in two consecutive games. Keep a tab on Larsson but keep in mind the Sabres don't score often and his performance came against a troubled Leafs squad.

3/9/2015

Johan Larsson, LW, BUF

Johan Larsson

Sabres' Larsson Promoted To Top Line

News: Johan Larsson skated on the top line at practice Monday, reports Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News.
Analysis: Johan Larsson scored the Sabres' only goal in a 6-1 loss to Washington on Saturday and he's being rewarded with a stint on the team's top line, skating between Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis. Larsson was a very good scorer in the AHL and publicly complained about his usage and a lack of quality linemates, but now he's really getting his chance. Larsson isn't particularly strong in the dot, but playing with scoring wingers should pump up his fantasy value. It remains to be seen how much of a leash coach Ted Nolan is willing to give him, so before picking Larsson off waivers, wait and see how well he responds to his promotion first.

3/7/2015

Johan Larsson, LW, BUF

Johan Larsson

Larsson Gets Sabres' Only Goal

News: Johan Larsson scored the Sabres' only goal in a loss to the Capitals on Saturday night.
Analysis: He's been whining that he's been used the wrong way by head coach Ted Nolan, so he's getting a chance to prove his mettle on a scoring line ... at least for now. He's been a good offensive option in the AHL, so now's his chance. Watch him, perhaps not for next season, but 2016-17. The Sabres won't produce many options next season.

3/4/2015

Johan Larsson, LW, BUF

Johan Larsson

Sabres' Larsson Records Season-High TOI

News: Johan Larsson registered two shots with 16:14 of ice time in a 3-0 shutout loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Analysis: Johan Larsson had publicly criticized the team for using him in different roles from game to game, which he attributed to his poor showings in the NHL. On Tuesday, Larsson looked more comfortable skating on a scoring line. He played 16:14, his highest total of the season, and should continue to see that kind of ice time going forward. The Sabres unloaded three forwards at the trade deadline and this will be Larsson's audition for next year. His fantasy upside is limited until he shows a consistent ability to score.

2/15/2015

Johan Larsson, LW, BUF

Johan Larsson

Sabres' Larsson Recalled From AHL.

News: Johan Larsson was recalled from AHL Rochester on Sunday, Bill Hoppe of the Times Herald reports.
Analysis: Johan Larsson has not seen the ice with the Sabres since January 3rd, while spending the past month and half in the AHL. In his 12 NHL appearances this season, Larsson has managed just two points. Larsson, a talented scorer in the AHL but often used as a checking line forward in the NHL, has expressed disappointment in how he's been used by head coach Ted Nolan. On Sunday, he'll skate alongside the offensively-limited Matt Ellis and struggling Cody Hodgson. It's not a recipe for success, but Larsson gets a second chance. Whether he'll capitalize on this opportunity is up to him. The 24-year-old's fantasy value is limited playing on a makeshift line on the worst team in the league.

1/4/2015

Johan Larsson, LW, BUF

Johan Larsson

Larsson Sent To AHL Rochester

News: Johan Larsson was assigned to AHL Rochester on Sunday.
Analysis: Johan Larsson has bounced back and forth between the AHL and NHL this season and will likely continue to do so as the year progresses. The 22-year-old has made 12 appearances on the season for Buffalo and will head down to Rochester to see more consistent playing time.

12/21/2014

Johan Larsson, LW, BUF

Johan Larsson

Sabres Recall Larsson On Saturday

News: Johan Larsson was recalled from AHL Rochester prior to Saturday's game against the Avalanche. He ended up tallying Buffalo's lone goal in the 5-1 loss.
Analysis: After Matt Moulson unexpectedly fell ill during the afternoon and was ruled out, Johan Larsson was recalled by the Sabres shortly before the game. The specifics regarding Moulson's illness aren't yet known, so Larsson could stick around for the Sabres' final two games before the extended Christmas break.

11/9/2014

Johan Larsson, LW, BUF

Johan Larsson

Sabres Send Larsson To AHL

News: Johan Larsson was assigned to AHL Rochester on Sunday, Bill Hoppe of the Times Herald reports.
Analysis: Johan Larsson was recalled from Rochester last Sunday as the 12th forward while Marcus Foligno was sidelined with a shoulder injury. It appears that either Foligno or Patrick Kaleta will likely return for Tuesday's contest against the Blues, making Larsson dispensable.

11/3/2014

Johan Larsson, LW, BUF

Johan Larsson

Sabres Recall Larsson

News: Johan Larsson was recalled from AHL Rochester on Sunday.
Analysis: Johan Larsson has played in nine games with AHL Rochester this season, recording eight points (three goals and five assists). He will take the place of Marcus Foligno in the lineup Sunday against the Red Wings.

10/10/2014

Johan Larsson, LW, BUF

Johan Larsson

Sabres Ship Larsson To AHL

News: Johan Larsson (concussion) was activated from injured reserve and assigned to AHL Rochester on Friday, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Johan Larsson had been placed on injured reserve after suffering a concussion in the preseason, but it looks like he's received clearance to get back on the ice for game action. The Sabres don't have any roster spots available at the moment and Larsson didn't have a strong enough camp to guarantee a lineup spot, so he'll return to Rochester for the time being. The utility forward is still trying to find his identity in the NHL. He plays all three forward positions and has the ability to be a checking forward (he's nicknamed "Bull" for a reason), but is also skilled enough to be a potential depth scoring forward. Larsson still has some time to figure out what kind of player he wants to be, but the Sabres have a slew of rookies ready to step in over the next couple of years.

10/7/2014

Johan Larsson, LW, BUF

Johan Larsson

Sabres Place Larsson On IR

News: Johan Larsson (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Analysis: Johan Larsson sustained a concussion after taking a blow to the face just under a week ago. He's been skating on his own during practices, but has yet to receive clearance to take contact.

9/30/2014

Johan Larsson, LW, BUF

Johan Larsson

Sabres' Larsson (Upper Body) To Miss 10 Days

News: Coach Ted Nolan said Johan Larsson (upper body) is expected to miss about 10 days, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Johan Larsson was the recipient of an elbow to the face in Sunday's game against the Maple Leafs, with many speculating that he may be suffering from a concussion. The Sabres have said that he'll report to AHL Rochester once he returns to full health.

9/28/2014

Johan Larsson, LW, BUF

Johan Larsson

Sabres' Larsson Leaves With Injury

News: Johan Larsson left Sunday's exhibition game with an injury and did not return.
Analysis: The Sabres did not disclose what type of injury Johan Larsson is dealing with, but he left the ice after being elbowed in the face. His status will be updates as more information becomes available.