Not long ago, Johan Larsson left the Sabres and openly wondered about his place in the organization. Now that Buffalo is the land of opportunity, Larsson's place is on the top line.
The 22-year-old will center for left wing Matt Moulson and right wing Tyler Ennis on Wednesday when the Sabres visit Toronto.
"They’re good hockey players, so I’ll try to be open and work my [butt] off," Larsson said Tuesday. "It’s really good up there, so I’m excited."
Larsson is enjoying this season's third stint with Buffalo much more than his second. He went back to Rochester bummed about being used in a fourth-line role. Times have changed.
"Obviously, we traded a couple guys," Larsson said in First Niagara Center. "You get a bit more opportunity maybe. That’s why I’ve played a little bit more. There’s an opportunity here, and I think the guys see that. We try to play hard every game."
Defensemen Zach Bogosian and Andrej Meszaros practiced fully after leaving Saturday's game with injury. They both said they're ready to play.
"Might play, but we’ll see," coach Ted Nolan said. "They felt good today, but especially with one, we’ll see how he feels tomorrow."