New Jersey Devils defenseman Adam Larsson has been kept off the ice to start the season, relegated to the press box as a healthy scratch in each of the club's first five games.
Despite being drafted fourth overall at the 2011 Draft, Larsson has been passed on the Devils depth chart by the likes of Eric Gelinas, Jon Merrill and rookie Damon Severson.
As such, the possibility of New Jersey looking to trade Larsson could become more of a reality, especially considering he's only 21 and in the midst of a one-year, $900,000 contract.
The problem, however, is gauging the value of a highly-touted player seemingly stuck in limbo, a league executive told Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: "They can move him I’m just not sure what they’d get in return. The issue people have with him is he does stuff too slow and too methodical.”
While Devils head coach Pete DeBoer doesn't seem to think Larsson gives the team the best shot at winning in the present, other clubs may be willing to give him a shot at a regular lineup spot, meaning the young defenseman could indeed be moved prior to the trade deadline.