Johan Larsson became an integral part of the Sabres during the last quarter of the season. It was enough for him to come back next year.
The Sabres announced Friday they have agreed to a one-year deal with Larsson worth $950,000. The 23-year-old center made $800,000 this season.
After recording just one goal and five points in the opening 47 games, Larsson rebounded with nine goals and 12 points in the final 27 outings. Five of Larsson's 10 goals were game-winners, tying Jack Eichel for the team lead.
Larsson's defensive work outshined the production as he joined with wingers Marcus Foligno and Brian Gionta to form Buffalo's shutdown line. Larsson ranked second on the Sabres by winning 51.1 percent of his faceoffs.
Larsson was set to become a restricted free agent this summer. The Sabres' remaining RFAs include Rasmus Ristolainen, Foligno, Zemgus Girgensons, Nicolas Deslauriers and Jake McCabe.