Adam Larsson is experiencing the grind of a long NHL season, and his recent play seems to be reflecting that.
The 19-year-old rookie defenseman admitted he came back from an injury too soon, and on Sunday he was even benched for just about two full periods.
Last night against Philadelphia, Larsson was unable to clear the puck before the Flyers scored to take a 2-0 lead.
NJ.com user Iron_Mike had this to say in the comments section of the game story:
I really don't want to see Larsson in a playoff game. The excuse all season is that he's young and going to make mistakes - that's fine, let him make mistakes in Albany. This is playoff time and every night he is making a mistake that leads to a goal. The benching was a good idea the other night but obviously not enough. Not saying they lost because of that (there was no offense and battles weren't won vs. the Flyers), but his ice time needs to be limited for now. Would rather see a tired Volchenkov or Salvador out there for a few extra minutes.
A couple others agreed in some form, so we ask you now: How would you handle Larsson for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs? Should he be sent to Albany to play in the AHL? Post your thoughts below in the comments section.
It is true he has been recently struggling but I dont know that now would be the best time to send him down. The only option would be to activate Tao for his spot and give him a few games in Albany. I do want to see him in the playoffs for us though. What are your thoughts?
Edited by Quinn01, 14 March 2012 - 11:06 AM.