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Devils’ Larsson plans to re-sign in New Jersey

Jun 12, 2014, 5:18 PM EDT

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If you’ve been wondering about how New Jersey Devils prospect defenseman Adam Larsson is doing, he’s up for a new contract this summer.

After spending parts of the past two seasons in the AHL with the Albany Devils, there were questions as to whether he would head back to Sweden.

As it turns out, he’s still eager to crack his way into the Devils’ top six as his agent J.P. Barry shared with Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.

“We’re talking to Lou [Lamoriello] and just trying to figure out what his role would be for next year and what’s best for him developmentally,” Barry said. “I don’t know where that (the talk of him going to Sweden) came from.”

Larsson played in 26 games in New Jersey this season and had a goal and two assists. He fared a bit better in Albany with three goals and 16 assists in 33 games.

To say expectations are high for him is an understatement. He was the fourth overall selection in the 2011 draft by New Jersey and got a taste of success in his rookie year when the Devils made the Stanley Cup Final. Safe to say the Devils don’t want to see him going anywhere other than training camp in September.

  1. 950003cups - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    If he left, it would be the end of the Lamoriello era. New owners would react unkind to that.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      I don’t see why the kid would want to stay.Not a knock on NJ but you think he would be somewhat sour with the way things have gone so far.

      Best of luck to him and Devils.

      • 950003cups - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        I agree. He’s been mismanaged and treated unfairly.

      • nj666 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:11 PM

        They should have traded him last season, that would have worked out for everyone involved

      • lordfletcher - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        I think NJ could still get a nice package for him right now if they wanted to move him. His ceiling is still pretty high. The only determining factor is his head. Can he overcome the start to his N. American career

  2. martysbetter - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Don’t think he’s been mismanaged or treated unfairly at all.

    They’re making him earn his place, Adam Henrique earned his place in 11/12, Jon Merrill earned his place last season.

    He got hurt, Merrill came in and took his spot and didn’t give it back – thems the breaks kid, you don’t just take someone out of the lineup during a playoff hunt and put Larsson in because you think his feelings are hurt.

    The kid is 21, has barely played a lick of professional hockey in the AHL and has shown to be a little too timid on the ice – I trust the NJD management over a couple of dopes watching on TV.

    He’ll get a one-way deal this year and we’ll see where he fits in – its put up or shut up for him next year because there are an awful lot of very very talented defensemen in the Devils system knocking on the door, he should be hearing footsteps..

    • lordfletcher - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      playing in the AHL is him being mismanaged unless that was 100% his choice. He would have been much better off (IMO) staying back home for another year or two.

      Wasn’t he also a healthy scratch for a good portion of the last couple seasons?

      Either way, he is behind on his development for being the #4 pick and first defenseman to go in that draft… and one as highly touted as him.

      Not saying he’s been giving the worst dues of anyone in the draft class but if there was a redo button, he and the Devils would go a different route

      • bluesrawesome - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:11 AM

        Definitely would have given him another year in Sweden than a full in the AHL to adjust to N. American ice. Than season after tht NHL they rushed him to NHL. So much potential… hopefully it wasn’t wasted.

  3. barkar942 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    DelZotto, Jr.

  4. tross16 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    They have mismanaged him for sure but he is still young and his career can be saved, I wouldn’t call him a lost cause but maybe a trade to another team would help him and the devils out in the long run except I’m sure how much the devils could get back for a damaged young dman

  5. thecheeman - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Such a massive disappointment. Not getting any value during the low paying years on entry contracts is a mistake the Devils have now made twice by rushing Larsson and Matteau.

    thank goodness they traded their 1st round pick last year for Schneider. They might as well trade their 1st round pick every year for an established player on a reasonable contract the way this organization has drafted and developed talent the last decade.

    • 950003cups - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      I think Matteau was fine. He played in the bigs for a bit. Now he has an idea what he’s training for. With Larsson, he was completely mismanaged. It was probably a knee-jerk reaction to appease the fans. He’s a super talented kid. But the team wants him to be a stay-at-home defenseman? Personally I don’t think Merrill took away his spot. I think DeBoer just kept him there. I’m not so high on Merrill. There’s a very low ceiling on his talent where Larsson’s has a very high celing.

      Here’s where Larsson got Lou’d. Lou is too stubborn to scratch a bad contract like Salvador, for a faster more talented player. So he’s been a healthy scratch game after game. The kid has thrown a hit or two. Not very physical, but neither was Neidermayer. Lou had ruined every first pick in the last 10 years. Which, by the way were very few due to Lou trading half of them away. Tedenby, Josefson, Bergfors and Corrente all were useless picks. Not sure if Matteau is with it either. He’s a third liner. Lou probably hates picking first round players cause he knows he has to pay them.

      • thecheeman - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM

        Agree to disagree on Matteau.

        3 points in 17 games that first year in the NHL with decent time on the first line if I recall correctly. Plus he would have long stretches when you’d forget he was playing he was so lost.

        26 points in 67 games with Albany this year isn’t blowing my skirt up either, and after he got kicked off his junior team we know he’s probably not a great team guy.

        I don’t see a lot to like

  6. spoon9z - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Let’s be honest, Lou did stick it to this kid right from the start by nixing any reward system/bonuses that IS the setup to make incentives to top picks like a 4th in terms of playing, stats and making progress versus up front guaranteed money. Lou stated it had everything to do with the Devil way of no bonuses, but that’s the system for kids, especially high picks, and it’s completely a bs move and copout linked to his overpayment and albatross contract with the Kovi deal and his cap woes. Sorry, that was just a bush move and Lou is tarnishing his legend of late just as Lacroix did at the end in Colorado. Old dogs, new tricks…

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