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Devils’ Larsson isn’t thrilled about being a frequent healthy scratch

Apr 5, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

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Whether he’s the future of the New Jersey Devils defense, it’s clear that Adam Larsson isn’t the go-to guy in the present.

It sounds like he’s on the verge of being a healthy scratch for the third game in a row on a struggling team. The 20-year-old admitted more than a little frustration about his situation to The Bergen Record.

“I guess that’s up to the coach. It isn’t up to me,” Larsson said. “If I get a spot in the lineup, I will give all I can to stay in there. But it’s pretty tough right now and I don’t have probably the best confidence. I guess that’s normal when you’re sitting. Like I’ve always said, it’s never fun. I don’t think it ever will be fun to sit out. So, it’s frustrating, it’s tough, but I guess that’s part of the process.”

The fourth overall pick of the 2011 NHL Draft didn’t sound all that convincing that he’s really taking it in stride, though.

“To be honest, of course I know that my defensive play has to be better and I think I improved that this year,” Larsson said. “But, at the same time, I don’t have the same confidence with the puck right now and that’s probably one of the reasons I focus more of the defense. But, like I and the coaches said, it’s a process and I’m still learning.”

You almost wonder if getting a little playing time in the AHL might do Larsson some good, but the Devils obviously have their own (historically successful) way of doing things.

  1. martysbetter - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    As a Devils fan, I’m less than thrilled about the way they’ve been handling this – and it all has to do with the team going into this year with EIGHT defensemen.

    How do you expect the kid to gain any confidence when he knows what there are two other guys waiting to take his spot in the lineup, and ONE mistake will result in him being a healthy scratch for the next 2 games?

    They played him nearly every game last season as a 19 year old rookie with 20+ avg TOI.

    Why the hell didn’t they trade one of our EIGHT defensemen at the deadline?


  2. kingsforever - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    LOL I remember when we had Harold…good times….actually no they were terrible times

  3. mdev1987 - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Play better n it won’t happen. He’s not physical enough. Players these days are pussies

    • lordfletcher - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      “Play better n it won’t happen”


      (palm face)

  4. mdev1987 - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Not to mention this years devil team sucks. Going no where

  5. crazemastercraze - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    I don’t understand why they don’t just having him play in the AHL. are they trying to use the Jedi mind trick on this kid?

  6. esracerx46 - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    I think last years run to the finals was a fluke more than anything. The year prior they were terrible, fired their coach mid season and ended up with Larsson. They were desperate and rushed him into a situation he shouldnt have been in. If you take last years run away, add how Lou has mishandled Larsson, and Matteau, and how poorly Lou has handled the salary cap. One has to wonder if Lou might be losing it?

    • lordfletcher - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      or Parise really is THAT good.

      Devils went to the Cup last year

      Wild turned it around this year

      just saying

      • lateralous - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        Stop, the Devils were in the exact same 6th position in the conference as they finished last year when Kovy got hurt.

  7. mp1131211 - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    They just need Cam Janson back. Hahahaha…., j/k

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