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Devils’ AHL coach says Larsson is ‘his own worst enemy sometimes’

Feb 17, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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New Jersey Devils prospect defenseman Adam Larsson has had a rough season. He’s played 20 games for New Jersey and has been playing for the minor league affiliate in Albany since Jan. 9.

So what’s wrong with the 21-year-old 2011 fourth overall pick? Randy Miller from The Star-Ledger shares the story.

“I think Adam’s his own worst enemy sometimes,” Albany coach Rick Kowalsky said. “He wants to be an impact, and sometimes he wants to make an impact every shift. He doesn’t have to make a play that leads to a scoring chance. Sometimes he’s got to make the simple play, and he’s done that at times, but he has a tendency to get away from it.”

Larsson admits he’s trying hard but he wants to make it with the Devils and not somewhere else. He’s in the final year of his entry-level deal and not exactly in line for a big raise.

Defensemen are always a bit slower to develop, but after his rookie season in which he played 65 games and had a taste of success during the playoffs, expectations shot through the roof. For now, he’ll continue to work on his game in Albany while other young defensemen join the battle to stick in the NHL.

  1. esracerx46 - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    I remember how hyped this kid was, no way he could have lived up to it.

    • 19to77 - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:42 AM

      “Future: think of Red Wings great Nicklas Lidstrom…”

      Granted, Hockey’s Future is always overhyped and ridiculous, but I mean, you more or less literally can’t do worse than that. Yeah. Nick Lidstrom. Okay. Good luck with that.

  2. barkar942 - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    I hope Adam DelZott— I mean Larson learns and becomes a better defenseman than Michael Larso—- I mean DelZotto.

  3. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Larsson needs to just relax and stop trying to make a big play every shift. He needs to just play a simple game….the rest will come later.

    He can be an effective player when playing simple.

    I remember watching him when he was in the world juniors and could see where he could be effective and a star player (but that was the world juniors…not the NHL or AHL).

    Adam…stay relaxed and focus on the simple game….no need to be the “lone star” and just be a team player.

  4. artofthespiel - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    So, he hasn’t progressed like, say, Dougie Hamilton or Ollie Maataa. So what? If he’s allowed to relax and play his own game without having to fear being benched or sent down for any misstep, he’ll be just fine. I remember watching him make insane seeing-eye passes in his first preseason; his play-making is there. Just hope it all comes together as a Devil!

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