Johan Larsson (ice hockey, born 1992)

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This article is about the forward. For the defenceman, see Johan Larsson (ice hockey, born 1986).
Johan Larsson
Johan Larsson 2013-10-05.JPG
With the Sabres in 2013
Born (1992-07-25) July 25, 1992 (age 21)
Lau, Sweden
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Forward
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

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

Playing career[edit]

Larsson was drafted in the second round as 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 (SHL) debut on September 16, 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 October 1, 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 May 18, 2011, Larsson signed a three-year contract with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL), 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 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 April 3, 2013, at the trade deadline, Larsson was acquired by the Buffalo Sabres along with goaltender Matt Hackett, a 1st round pick in 2013, and a 2nd round pick in 2014 from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Jason Pominville and a 4th round pick in 2014.[10]

International play[edit]

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Larsson celebrates after winning the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship
Medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2012 Calgary
IIHF U18 Championships
Silver 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 March 30, 2011, Larsson made his senior national team debut in an exhibition game against Latvia which ended 4–1 in Sweden's favour.[11] In the 2012 World J20 Championships, he was the captain when Sweden won their first J20 gold medal since 1981, their second overall.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    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
NHL totals 29 0 4 4 19

International[edit]

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

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
IIHF World U18 Championships First Team All-Star[12] 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hockeyligan game statistics for Brynäs IF – Modo Hockey". Hockeyligan.se. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  2. ^ "Hockeyligan game statistics for Brynäs IF – Djurgårdens IF". Hockeyligan.se. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  3. ^ "Första poängen för Larsson" (in Swedish). Gotlands Tidningar. 2010-09-24. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Hockeyligan game statistics for Brynäs IF – Skellefteå AIK". Hockeyligan.se. Retrieved 2011-07-31. 
  5. ^ "A-lagskontrakt för Johan Larsson" (in Swedish). Brynäs IF. 2010-10-01. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  6. ^ "Johan Larsson årets rookiekandidat". Svenska Ishockeyförbundet (in Swedish). 9 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Johan Larsson är Årets Rookie 2011/2012". Hockeyligan.se (in Swedish). 10 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Brynästalangen får NHL-kontrakt" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 2011-05-19. 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. ^ Fridén, Carl-Henrik (2011-03-31). "Johan Larsson stabil i debuten". Helagotland.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  12. ^ "First Team All Star IIHF". Eliteprospects.com. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 

External links[edit]

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