Apr. 7, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Adam Larsson (5) against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Larsson 2013-14 Preview

His Past

Mar 19, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Carl Hagelin (62) hits New Jersey Devils defenseman Adam Larsson (5) during the second period at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Adam spent a few years in Sweden honing his craft. He played in many International-Jr. games and played on the Swedish U-18, 20 national teams. He had the most points in his second season at Skelleftea AIK in the then-named Elitserien in 2009-10 when he had 4 goals and 13 assists. He also had 1 assist in 11 playoff games that year. He also had a -7 plus/minus.

His best all-around year in Sweden came the next year. He had 1 goal and 8 assists and had a 12 plus/minus rating. He also had 4 assists in 17 playoff games.

The New Jersey Devils then drafted Larsson 4th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft and Larsson immediately came to the team. In his first season he had 2 goals and 16 assists and had a -7. During the Devils’ Stanley Cup Finals run, Larsson only played in 5 games and had 1 assist.

Larsson ended up playing 33 games with the Albany Devils last season due to the lockout. He did well with 4 goals and 15 assists and had a -1. Larsson played 37 games with New Jersey after the lockout ended and had 6 assists with a +4.

Adam is currently in his last season of a 3-year, $2.775 million, 2-way ($70,000/yr in Albany) contract that will make him a restricted free agent at the end of this season.

What to Expect

It is safe to say Larsson will probably play on the 2nd defensive pairing alongside Andy Greene. The Devils need to be careful with him because he could turn out to be the future of the defensive corps.

It makes sense to have him with Greene instead of Mark Fayne or Peter Harrold because he should have a sense of protection. By possibly putting Bryce Salvador on the 3rd pairing, the Devils will have a very deep and balanced defensive unit. That also only will happen if Marek Zidlicky and Anton Volchenkov can hopefully return to better form this season.

Adam Larsson should return to the form that he had in his first season with the Devils and hopefully he can show enough offensive prowess that he could bump out Zidlicky or Volchenkov for the main powerplay opportunities.

Stay tuned for the last forward of the 2013-14 previews: Jacob Josefson

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