News | 7/17/2013 11:20:54 AM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS
| Johan Larrson (Photo: Micheline Veluvolu)
A numerical and statistical look at rookie forward Johan Larsson’s first professional season with the Houston Aeros and Rochester Americans during the 2012-13 American Hockey League season.
Larsson’s Debut in North America
Having spent the previous two seasons playing in his native Sweden, the 2012-13 campaign marked the North American debut of rookie forward Johan Larsson, whose offensive prowess made for a rather seamless transition to the American Hockey League. Taken in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild, the 5-foot-11, 198-pound Larsson began the season in Houston, where he recorded 37 points on 15 goals and 22 assists through 62 games with the Aeros. He ranked third on the team and 13th in scoring among AHL rookies, prompting a promotion to the Wild for a very deserving NHL debut against the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 17.
Change of Scenery
Acquired at the trade deadline by the Buffalo Sabres in a deal with the Minnesota Wild that landed him and goaltender Matt Hackett in Rochester in exchange for former Amerk Jason Pominville, Larsson wasted no time contributing offensively. He registered a point in each of his first three games with Rochester, including a goal in his Amerks debut against Lake Erie on Apr. 5, and finished the season with four points (1+3) in seven games with Rochester. Larsson placed third on the team and tied for 14th in scoring among league rookies with 41 points (16+25) in 69 combined games with Houston and Rochester. Larsson also netted a pair of shootout-winning goals, helping the Amerks to a 6-3-0-0 record down the stretch and a berth in the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs.
BY THE NUMBERS...
Posted a team-high three assists in three playoff games and was one of just two Amerks who were point-per-game players during the AHL postseason. Larsson also led all AHL rookies with three shootout-winning goals.
Posted a season-long five-game point streak (2+3) from Oct. 20 to. Nov. 2.
Finished second on the team with six power-play goals.
Led all Amerks rookies with 99 shots on goal.
Notable Rookie Season Milestones
Professional playoff debut Apr. 27 at Toronto (Game 1 Western Conference Quarterfinals)
NHL debut Feb. 12 at Detroit
First multi-goal game Nov. 18 vs. Rockford
First multi-point game Nov. 13 at San Antonio
First professional goal Oct. 27 vs. Milwaukee
First professional point Oct. 20 at Texas
AHL debut Oct. 13 vs. Charlotte