Johan Larsson
Johan Larsson.jpg
Born July 25 1992 (1992-07-25) (age 27),
Lau, SWE
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Buffalo Sabres
Brynäs IF
Minnesota Wild
Ntl. team Flag of Sweden Sweden
NHL Draft 56th overall, 2010
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2010–present

Johan Oskar Torgny 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

May 2013 Larsson

Larsson in May 2013.

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.

On October 1, 2010, Larsson signed a two-year contract with Brynäs IF's elite team, which expired after the 2011–12 Elitserien season. 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. He would then win the award.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

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 (Nikita Zadorov), and a 2nd round pick in 2014 (Brycen Martin) from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Jason Pominville and a 4th round pick in 2014.[7]

International play Edit

Medal record
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Larsson celebrates after winning the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship
Competitor for Flag of Sweden 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.[8] In the 2012 World J20 Championships, he was the captain when Sweden won their first J20 gold medal since 1981, their second overall.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Brynäs IF J20 3345955 50002
2009–10 Brynäs IF J20 4015193480 51122
2010–11 Brynäs IF SEL 4344818 50224
2011–12 Brynäs IF SEL 4912243634 1627916
2012–13 Houston Aeros AHL 6215223738
2012–13 Minnesota Wild NHL 10000
2012–13 Rochester Americans AHL 71342 30336
2013–14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 2804419
2013–14 Rochester Americans AHL 5115264175 51234
2014–15 Rochester Americans AHL 4415254038
2014–15 Buffalo Sabres NHL 396101612
2015–16 Buffalo Sabres NHL 741071727
2016–17 Buffalo Sabres NHL 36651120
NHL totals 178 22 26 48 78


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Sweden WJC18 Silver medal icon 568140
2011 Sweden WJC 4th 61344
2012 Sweden WJC Gold medal icon 60660
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 honoursEdit

Award Year
IIHF World U18 Championships First Team All-Star[9] 2010


  1. Hockeyligan game statistics for Brynäs IF – Modo Hockey. Retrieved on 2010-09-24.
  2. Hockeyligan game statistics for Brynäs IF – Djurgårdens IF. Retrieved on 2010-09-24.
  3. "Första poängen för Larsson", Gotlands Tidningar, 2010-09-24. Retrieved on 2010-09-24. (Swedish) 
  4. Johan Larsson är Årets Rookie 2011/2012 (Swedish). Swedish Hockey League (10 April 2012).
  5. Forsgren, Björn. "Brynästalangen får NHL-kontrakt", 2011-05-19. Retrieved on 2011-05-19. (Swedish) 
  6. "Wild own second period to down Red Wings". CBS Sports (2013-02-17). Retrieved on 2013-02-17.
  7. "Pominville's departure signals overhaul for Sabres". National Hockey League (2013-04-03). Retrieved on 2013-04-03.
  8. Fridén, Carl-Henrik (2011-03-31). Johan Larsson stabil i debuten (Swedish). Retrieved on 2012-01-07.
  9. "First Team All Star IIHF". (2010-02-03). Retrieved on 2012-03-04.

External linksEdit

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