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The Oilers defenceman will return to New Jersey where he began his NHL career

by Ryan Frankson /

BOSTON, MA - The week of homecomings continues with defenceman Adam Larsson set to return to New Jersey as the Oilers take on the Devils on Saturday.

On Thursday, Milan Lucic squared off against his old team the Bruins and Matthew Benning returned to his old stomping grounds as an alum of Boston's Northeastern University.

Larsson was drafted fourth overall by the Devils in 2011 and played five seasons with New Jersey before being dealt to the Oilers in exchange for Taylor Hall this past June.

So far, so good for the Swedish blueliner in Oil Country as he's suited up for all 40 games, averaging 20:06 TOI and chipping in with six points (two goals, four assists).

"It's been a lot of fun," Larsson said following Friday's pre-flight practice in Boston. "It's all positive, from the organization, to the rink, to the teammates, to the city. It's been really good all the way through and I think we have something good going."

Larsson played his first 274 career games with the Devils, plus five more during the 2012 playoffs. He credits fellow blueliners Scott Stevens (assistant coach), Larry Robinson (assistant coach) and Andy Greene (D partner) for helping him develop into a full-time NHLer. 

"It was a good time and it's going to be fun to go back," he said.

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