New Jersey Devils defenseman Adam Larsson has been called up from Albany to play in tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers. Larsson was sent down to Albany on January 9 after recovering from an injury suffered on Nov. 23 in San Jose.
Larsson was given an opportunity after fellow defenseman, Jon Merrill, took a puck to the face in Saturday’s shootout loss to the New York Islanders.
Larsson, 21, is a former fourth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The Devils were not thrilled with his play this season and sent him down to the AHL to refine his game and work on a few things. Larsson told Tom Gulitti of the Record that his time in Albany was good for him.
“It was my injury that messed up the season and for me personally,” he said. “I think, going down to Albany was great for me. I got to play a lot of minutes and all that, so I try to see it in a positive way and so far it feels really good. My time in Albany has been really good. The team has been doing a really good job so far there. There’s a lot of good players down there, too.” – Via Tom Gulitti of the Record.
Larsson played very well down in Albany and his coach Rick Kowalsky stated that he was very talented and should be in the NHL. He posted three goals, 16 assists, and an even rating in 32 games with Albany.
Larsson is a very talented young defenseman who was rushed early in his career. His time in the AHL this year will benefit him tremendously. Do not be surprised if he plays extremely well from here on out.