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Johan Larsson (ice hockey, born 1992)

Johan Oskar Torgny Larsson (born 25 July 1992) is a Swedish professional ice hockey forward currently with the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Johan Larsson
Johan Larsson - Buffalo Sabres.jpg
Larsson with the Sabres in 2016
Born (1992-07-25) 25 July 1992 (age 27)
Lau, Sweden
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Buffalo Sabres
Brynäs IF
Minnesota Wild
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 56th overall, 2010
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2010–present

Playing careerEdit

 
Larsson in May 2013.

Larsson was drafted in the second round, 56th overall, by the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The same year, Larsson was also drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 KHL Junior Draft, as 111th overall, by the Metallurg Novokuznetsk.

Larsson made his Elitserien debut on 16 September 2010 against Modo Hockey.[1] A week later, on September 23, against Djurgårdens IF, he recorded his first Elitserien point, being the second assist in a goal, tying the game 2–2.[2][3] His first Elitserien goal was scored on January 15, 2011, against goaltender Joacim Eriksson of Skellefteå AIK.[4]

On 1 October 2010, Larsson signed a two-year contract with Brynäs IF's elite team, which expired after the 2011–12 Elitserien season.[5] Larsson's seven goals and 15 assists in the first 29 games of the 2011–12 season led to a nomination for that season's Elitserien Rookie of the Year award.[6] He would then win the award.[7] With 9 points in 16 playoff games, his team went on to win the Swedish Championship that year.

On 18 May 2011, Larsson signed a three-year contract with the Minnesota Wild, but was loaned to Brynäs for the 2011–12 season.[8]

With the intention to pursue his NHL career, Larsson relocated to North America, and was directly assigned to the Wild's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Houston Aeros, to begin the 2012–13 season due to the lockout. Larsson was recalled to the Wild during the shortened season as an injury replacement and made his NHL debut against the Detroit Red Wings on February 17, 2013.[9]

On 3 April 2013 at the trade deadline, Larsson was acquired by the Buffalo Sabres along with goaltender Matt Hackett, a first-round pick in 2013 (Nikita Zadorov) and a second-round pick in 2014 (Brycen Martin) from the Wild in exchange for Jason Pominville and a forth-round pick in 2014.[10]

The Sabres re-signed Larsson in the summer before the 2017–18 season to a two-year, $1.475 million contract.[11] During the 2017–18 season, Larsson was suspended for two games on 2 February 2018 for cross checking Vincent Trocheck in a 4–2 loss to the Florida Panthers.[12]

On 12 July 2019, the Sabres re-signed Larsson to a one-year, $1.55 million contract extension.[13]

International playEdit

 
Larsson celebrates after winning the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship
Medal record
Representing   Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2018 Denmark
World Junior Championships
  2012 Calgary
IIHF U18 Championships
  2010 Minsk

Larsson has on several occasions participated in Sweden's national teams, including the junior teams as well as the senior team. In the 2010 World U18 Championships, Larsson and his Sweden were placed second after the United States, losing the final against them.

On 30 March 2011, Larsson made his senior national team debut in an exhibition game against Latvia which ended 4–1 in Sweden's favour.[14] In the 2012 World J20 Championships, he was the captain when Sweden won its first J20 gold medal since 1981, its second overall.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Brynäs IF J20 33 4 5 9 55 5 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Brynäs IF J20 40 15 19 34 80 5 1 1 2 2
2010–11 Brynäs IF SEL 43 4 4 8 18 5 0 2 2 4
2011–12 Brynäs IF SEL 49 12 24 36 34 16 2 7 9 16
2012–13 Houston Aeros AHL 62 15 22 37 38
2012–13 Minnesota Wild NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Rochester Americans AHL 7 1 3 4 2 3 0 3 3 6
2013–14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 28 0 4 4 19
2013–14 Rochester Americans AHL 51 15 26 41 75 5 1 2 3 4
2014–15 Rochester Americans AHL 44 15 25 40 38
2014–15 Buffalo Sabres NHL 39 6 10 16 12
2015–16 Buffalo Sabres NHL 74 10 7 17 27
2016–17 Buffalo Sabres NHL 36 6 5 11 20
2017–18 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 4 13 17 49
2018–19 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 6 8 14 37
NHL totals 331 32 47 79 164

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Sweden WJC18   5 6 8 14 0
2011 Sweden WJC 4th 6 1 3 4 4
2012 Sweden WJC   6 0 6 6 0
2012 Sweden WC 6th 7 0 2 2 0
2018 Sweden WC   10 0 1 1 2
Junior totals 17 7 17 24 4
Senior totals 17 0 3 3 2

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
IIHF World U18 Championships First Team All-Star[15] 2010

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hockeyligan game statistics for Brynäs IF – Modo Hockey". Hockeyligan.se. Archived from the original on 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  2. ^ "Hockeyligan game statistics for Brynäs IF – Djurgårdens IF". Hockeyligan.se. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  3. ^ "Första poängen för Larsson" (in Swedish). Gotlands Tidningar. 2010-09-24. Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  4. ^ "Hockeyligan game statistics for Brynäs IF – Skellefteå AIK". Hockeyligan.se. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  5. ^ "A-lagskontrakt för Johan Larsson" (in Swedish). Brynäs IF. 2010-10-01. Retrieved 2010-10-02.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Johan Larsson årets rookiekandidat" (in Swedish). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 9 December 2011. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Johan Larsson är Årets Rookie 2011/2012" (in Swedish). Swedish Hockey League. 10 April 2012.
  8. ^ Forsgren, Björn (2011-05-19). "Brynästalangen får NHL-kontrakt". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-05-19.
  9. ^ "Wild own second period to down Red Wings". CBS Sports. 2013-02-17. Retrieved 2013-02-17.
  10. ^ "Pominville's departure signals overhaul for Sabres". National Hockey League. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  11. ^ "Sabres re-sign forward Johan Larsson to two-year deal". sportsnet.ca. July 8, 2017. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  12. ^ "Sabres' Larsson suspended two games for cross-checking Panthers' Trocheck". sportsnet.ca. February 2, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  13. ^ "Sabres ink Larsson to 1-year deal". Buffalo Sabres. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  14. ^ Fridén, Carl-Henrik (2011-03-31). "Johan Larsson stabil i debuten". Helagotland.se (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  15. ^ "First Team All Star IIHF". Eliteprospects.com. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2012-03-04.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mattias Ekholm
Winner of the SHL Rookie of the Year award
2012
Succeeded by
William Karlsson