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"The consistency was an issue for me this year. I know I can bounce back from that," said defenceman Adam Larsson.

by Tony Brar /

EDMONTON, AB - It's all in a day's work for defenceman Adam Larsson.

On and off the ice, you can always count on the 6-foot-3 rearguard for his honesty. Both with his play and his assessment of it.

In his third season with the Orange and Blue, Larsson suited up in all 82 games - the second time he's played a full regular season schedule in his career. The Swedish blueliner put up 17 assists and 20 points with the Oilers this season - both mark the highest totals he's put up in Edmonton since joining the club in 2016.

However, the defenceman admitted his struggles on the defensive side of the puck, which ultimately impacted his all-around game and confidence in all three zones.

It was on Jan. 20 when Larsson first vocalized his frustration following a 7-4 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

"I'm playing so bad right now, I don't know what it is," said Larsson post-game. "I need it to stop as soon as possible.

"I'm not skating. I feel like I'm working hard but I'm too passive right now. That's not a part of my game. I know how good I can be but I'm not even close right now. This is as bad as it's been."

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Larsson was brought into the organization on June 29, 2016, to become part of the winning formula in Edmonton. This season, in Edmonton's 35 wins, Larsson saw the ice for 22:08 on average. In 38 regulation losses, that number dips to 20:55 per game.

While the numbers suggest that the more Larsson plays, the better chance the team would have at winning, the Skelleftea, SWE native would be the first to tell you that personal performance is indicative on how much you can be relied upon.

"It's easy to point the finger at just one point (of my game)," said Larsson on Sunday. "The consistency was an issue for me this year. I know I can bounce back from that."

Larsson's motivation for this summer can be summarized by how he concluded his post-game interview back in January.

"This is as bad as it will be. I can guarantee you that."

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