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Larsson frustrated Devils are scratching him — again

Oct 8, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

Adam Larsson #5 of the New Jersey Devils prepares to play against the New York Islanders during a preseason game at the Barclays Center on September 21, 2013 in Brooklyn borough of New York City.The game is the first professional hockey match to be held in the arena that is slated to be the new home for the Islanders at the start of the 2015-2016 season. The Devils defeated the Islanders 3-0.
(September 20, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The New Jersey Devils have a 0-1-2 record after surrendering a three goal lead in the third period of last night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that coach Pete DeBoer has shaken up his lines a bit.

Defenseman Mark Fayne will be inserted into the lineup for tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks while 20-year-old Adam Larsson will be a healthy scratch. Larsson has a minus-four rating in three games, which is tied for the worst on the Devils with another player that will be sent to the press box; forward Ryan Carter.

For Larsson, this is an all too familiar spot. Since being taken with the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Larsson hasn’t been able to firmly establish himself as a regular with the Devils. He had six assists in 37 games last season.

“It is (frustrating to be in this situation again), but I’m not going to hang my head just because of one game,” Larsson told the Star-Ledger. “We’ll see what happens the next game. We’ll, see but I’m not happy about it.”

Before the 2013-14 campaign started, Larsson predicted this would be an important year for him. This certainly isn’t how he would have liked to start it, but the silver lining is that there’s still plenty of time left.

  1. pxland - Oct 8, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    How about Stastny for Larsson and a prospect….?

    • jernster21 - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      Why would you throw in a prospect for a guy who is getting healthy scratched? Stastny is a top 6 center on every team in the league, give him a little bit of credit.

      • hockey412 - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:11 AM

        I think you read his proposal backwards?

      • jernster21 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Ha, indeed I did. Don’t drink and message board kids.

  2. lowenni - Oct 8, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Usually I respect the way the Devils organization runs and the ability of their coaching staff and GM…but they have mismanaged Larsson TERRIBLY and are going to ruin his career. This kid has so much potential and promise, and they continue to stunt his growth year after year with decisions like this. If you can’t find a place for him after three years, then trade him…but you can’t continue to play a prospect the way they are with Adam. They have got to figure out the right situation for him, but sitting for every game is NOT it.

    • jernster21 - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      They rushed him into the league way too fast. It’s one thing to give a rookie like Seth Jones a shot in the NHL as a rookie when you have a franchise defenseman in Shea Weber to mentor him, but when you don’t, like the devils, you need to let these kids ride out their junior years or let them develop in the AHL where they can play 20-25 minutes a game where you really have a good way to evaluate their game. Letting him sit in the press box does no good for him or the team. Credit to Larrson though, seems like he’s been a professional about it all.

  3. martysbetter - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    I’m usually a huge Deboer supporter, but his decision to make Larsson a healthy scratch AGAIN after the huge 8 defensemen debacle last year is absolutely mind boggling. I can’t help but question when he chooses the likes of Peter Harrold, Bryce Salvador and Anton Volchenkov to hit the ice instead of the most promising prospect in the organization along with the most steady defenseman in the top 6 in Mark Fayne.

    How the hell is this kid supposed to gain any confidence if he’s constantly being benched/scratched for making mistakes. His personality doesn’t suggest that he’s the type of player to respond to tough love, he seems reserved and even a bit timid.

    What does it say about the organization when none of your recent first round picks are making contributions at the NHL level.. Tedenby? Josefson? Larsson?

    Its absolutely asinine – just let the kid play..

  4. millertime1101 - Oct 8, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    -4 no points looked good in pre season but not lately devils need to find right line combos and need to just wait until these young defenders bloom

  5. 950003cups - Oct 8, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    DeBoer has worn out his welcome. He went to the finals in 2012.

    Let’s see:
    Zach Parise
    Ilya Kovalchuk
    Martin Brodeur
    Adam Henrique (big year)

    Behind him on the bench were:
    Larry Robinson
    Adam Oates

    As soon as he lost a few of them, he completely flopped. Get him out now! DeBoer is a fake coach! He’s terrible and on top of that, he sucks!

    Lou! Leave his ass in Vancouver! He can sleep by Tortorella’s house until he gets another job!

  6. canucks30 - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    I’m not saying he’s a bust, but he’s a bust.

    • 950003cups - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      If you think this kid is a bust, I can tell that you’ve never seen him play. Best way to see this kid is watch him live at the arena. He does a lot of stuff that the cameras don’t catch. I actually have a lot if confidence when he’s out there. He has that “Eli Manning” calmness about him. Nothing shakes him up.

      DeBoer? He’s garbage. Just look at Volchenkov play and see that he’s NEVER scratched. Why? Cause DeBoer is a douche bag! It was probably his idea to take away our goal son for some cheesy Bon Jovi song.

  7. bucfanforlife - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    deboer – larry and oates not good larry has always been around championships, just not when he was the head coach

    • thecheeman - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      IF i understand what you’re saying, you’re wrong in that Larry was the coach for the cup in 2000

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