The Oilers have acquired Adam Larsson from the Devils for Taylor Hall.
Larsson, 23, was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, but has yet to develop into the premiere two-way defenseman that he was expected to be. However, at just 23-years-old he still has a lot of years to become the top-pairing defenseman that the Oilers are hoping they just acquired. He had 18 points (3G / 15A) in 82 games with the Devils last season.
Larsson (mumps) is on the ice for the morning skate; but not expected to dress.
Larsson has missed the last seven games with the mumps virus, but he is on the ice this morning. Despite taking part in the morning skate, Larsson is skating on the fourth pair so he is not expected to be in the lineup tonight vs. the Senators.
The diagnostic process takes so long -- five to seven days, but Larsson is still recovering and is in isolation. Larsson becomes the 10th player on a growing list of players who have been diagnosed with mumps. Larsson has been out since December 2nd.
Jon Merrill will re-enter the lineup for Larsson who is battling the flu. Larsson struggled to get into the lineup in the early part of the season, but has played well as of late and has four points (1G / 3A) and a minus-2 rating in 17 games this season. He is day-to-day.
Larsson in-line to make his season debut on Tuesday.
The former fourth overall pick has been a healthy scratch in each of the Devils' first five games, but it appears as if he will play on Tuesday vs. the Rangers. Larsson is skating on the Devils' third pair with Jon Merrill, while Eric Gelinas is skating as the seventh defenseman. Larsson has just three goals and 24 assists (27 points) in 128 career NHL games.
The Devils have recalled Adam Larsson from Albany (AHL) on an emergency basis.
Larsson has only one goal and two assists in 20 games with the Devils this season. While in the AHL he has registered 19 points (3G / 16A) in 32 games. The Devils have a couple of defensemen who are banged up, thus the Larsson recall.
It doesn’t sound like the Devils have any plans to recall defenseman Adam Larsson from Albany any time soon.
Larsson has no goals and four assists in six games since being assigned there on Jan. 9 to get back playing after recovering from a left knee injury he sustained in Nov. 23 in San Jose. “He’ll stay there right now and play for a while,” GM Lou Lamoriello said. “Right now, our defense is playing good and we just want him to get his total game back. He’s playing a lot and the team is playing very well. It’s a good team there right now."