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Larsson set to make Amerks debut, with Hackett backing up Leggio

By John Vogl

The two prospects acquired from Minnesota in the Jason Pominville trade will make their organizational debuts tonight in Rochester.

Center Johan Larsson will skate between wingers Zemgus Girgensons and Jacob Lagace, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported from the Amerks' morning skate. Goaltender Matt Hackett will back up David Leggio.

Ron Rolston faced Hackett when the Sabres' interim coach was on the bench in Rochester.

"He’s got a big upside," Rolston said. "Last year, arguably, he was one of the best if not the best in the league for a long time. He had a good push the year before. As young as he is for the experience that he’s had, that’s a very positive on our side of things.

"We feel can be NHL goalie if continues to develop."

Before joining the Sabres' organization, Rolston worked for USA Hockey's development program. It gives him some insight into Larsson, who was the captain of Sweden's world junior team.

"Anytime you can be a captain on international teams, it’s a big thing," Rolston said. "Especially short term, it’s a very hard task for a leader, especially when you’re pooling together your best players and you have to pick somebody out of that group of best players for your country to be a leader. He’s been one of those for Sweden, and we know how good a hockey country they are."

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