Larsson Watch: Wins Are What Matter

As we touched on Monday night, the Adam Larsson story will be something debated among Devils fans all season. Larsson was scratched for his second straight game Tuesday and the Devils won 3-0. While you might expect Larsson, the No. 4 overall pick in 2011, to be upset about watching from the press box, he seemed OK with it ahead of Tuesday night’s game, as long as the Devils win.

Via Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger:

“I don’t think he’ll change the lineup when we win games. I think that’s a good thing, even when I’m (the guy) out,” Larsson said. “As long as the team wins games the lineup should stay the same.”

He hasn’t been told when he might play.

“Not a word,” Larsson said. “We’ll see.”

Being a healthy scratch rather than playing in Albany (AHL) is okay with Larsson right now, but he isn’t sure what he is gaining.

“That’s hard to say, but it’s good to be around these guys with NHL speed,” he said. “I’s rather stay here.”

Corey Griffin

I’m not going to harp on this every day — I promise. In fact, I fully expect Larsson to get in the lineup either Friday against Washington or Sunday against Montreal, simply because Pete DeBoer (the unattached “he” in Larsson’s first quote) said during camp that he would get equal time. DeBoer said everyone would play while the Devils sort out their logjam on the blue line. Through two games, Larsson obviously hasn’t, but that’s because when you take into account contract, experience and role, he might not be among the top six defensemen currently on the Devils’ roster. The thing that would concern me if I were a Devils fan or Lou Lamoriello, for that matter, is the last quote. It’s obvious from that quote that Larsson wants to play, be it in the NHL or the AHL. He probably knows playing in the minors wouldn’t do a ton for his development, but he knows that sitting in the rafters or a press box isn’t doing much for it either. Eventually, not playing regular minutes will get to him and the last thing the Devils want is for him to become jaded or moody over playing time or the team”s handling of him (Right, Islanders fans?).