The Ottawa Senators recalled defenseman Jacob Larsson from the AHL’s Belleville Senators this morning, per a team tweet. The move continues a busy season on the NHL/AHL wire for Larsson, marking his sixth recall of the 2022-23 season, CapFriendly lists.
Despite the numerous recalls, Larsson has primarily served as an experienced insurance policy for Ottawa. The 25-year-old defender has suited up just seven times for the Senators in 2022-23, and due to his low games played total, he still hasn’t required waivers since clearing them before the season. He will need to clear waivers again if he plays three more games or stays on the NHL roster for 10 more days.
Larsson comes up to the NHL roster to replace the spot vacated by Nikita Zaitsev, who the Senators traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday in exchange for future considerations. Drafted 27th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in 2015, Larsson has two goals and eight assists in 37 games for Belleville this season.
It was a short stint in the minors for Larsson, who Ottawa reassigned to Belleville on Monday after appearing in four straight games. A puck-moving defender, Larsson’s NHL play has been passable this season in limited ice time.
At 25, the development track on Larsson is nearing its end. With his waiver-exempt status close to expiration, Larsson could stay on the Senators’ roster as an extra defender for most of the season’s remainder.