Posted 19 October 2013 - 12:39 PM
“I guess that’s how it is right now,” Larsson said. “We’re pretty desperate to take points and we’re losing a couple of guys. We have to change something. I’m not going to be too low right now. I think it’s too early in the season to start thinking. That was pretty much what was killing me last year. When I was sitting out, I started thinking too much. Not cause I want to sit out, but it feels like I’m better prepared for it now because of last year. So, I’m just going to continue working hard and when I get a chance again, I’m going to try to take it.
“But if feels like I’ve done what they said before I was sitting out last time, so it’s very disappointing. I don’t feel like I’ve played bad these three games at all. But I guess they want more.”
Larsson, 20, was a healthy scratch 11 times last season, including the first five games of the season. He said he let that get to him mentally.
“Because it just kept going and going,” he said. “I was out for a pretty long time, so it kind of got to me last year. I would start thinking. You never want to sit out. You lose confidence. You lose the game timing and the game speed. It doesn’t really matter how hard you (conditioning) skate. Still, timing and those type of things you get rusty on.”
Larsson, the fourth pick overall in the 2011 draft, had a rough game in Sunday’s 3-0 loss in Winnipeg. The moment that stood out most, though, was Evander Kane flying past him on the left wing before throwing the pass in front that went in off Devils defenseman Andy Greene for the first goal of the game.
I asked Larsson what he could have done differently on that play.
“I think on those guys if you can’t keep up with their speed, you have to stay on the safe side or pretty much take a penalty because they’re so fast those guys like he and (the Islanders Michael) Grabner,” Larsson said. “They’re pretty much the fastest guys in this league and I don’t think people really realize how fast they really are. So, you have to have good timing on those guys.”
But Larsson didn’t think that goal hurt his confidence.
“Worse things have happened before,” he said. “You make mistakes and that was one of them.”
This sounds like a guy who has lost faith in this team and definitely his confidence.