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Oliver Ekman-Larsson | Defenseman | #23

Team: Arizona Coyotes
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/17/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (6) / ARI
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Oliver Ekman-Larsson picked up three assists in a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.
Ekman-Larsson picked up two of his assists two goals scored by Brendan Perlini and then another on Peter Holland's first goal as a Coyote. Ekman-Larsson is now on pace for 46 points in 82 games this season, which would put him slightly above his career pace but below his career high of 0.73 points-per-game set last season. He's probably one of the more underrated NHL defensemen and a very valuable fantasy player considering how much of a threat he is to score on the power play. Jan 14 - 12:33 AM

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a goal on the power-play in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Ekman-Larsson's goal came from a mad scramble in front of Gibson which resulted from a shot by Anthony Duclair. It's Ekman-Larsson's 8th goal of the year, and 5th power-play marker. His 0.51 points-per-game this season fall perfectly in line with his career average of 0.50 points-per-game, proving that his 55 point-season last year was more of an outlier. Regardless, he is still one of the most underrated defensemen in the NHL and a great fantasy contributor due to the number of goals and power-play goals he scores.
Jan 7 - 1:44 AM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored one goal and had an assist in the 3-2 loss of the Arizona Coyotes to the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night.

Ekman-Larsson earned his 10th assist of the season on Martin Hanzal’s second period goal and found the back of the net on his own with five seconds remaining in regulation to pull the Coyotes to within one. In the closing minutes of play, he also instigated a fight at the other end of the ice behind an empty net in a bid to pump some adrenalin into the team. This snapped a two-game streak in which he failed to score a point.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 12:31:00 AM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a goal in Arizona's 3-2 shootout win over Toronto.

Ekman-Larsson has six goals and 15 points in 30 games this season. If he reaches the 40-point mark in 2016-17 then he'll be doing so far the fourth consecutive campaign.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 10:45:00 AM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson had an assist in the Coyotes' 4-1 loss on Monday.

Ekman-Larsson is on a three-game point streak. He has five goals and 13 points in 24 contests in 2016-17.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 10:06:00 AM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson (upper body) will be available to play on Thursday.

Ekman-Larsson was questionable from the contest after he left Tuesday's game with a bruise, likely on his hand. He has five goals and 10 points in 21 contests this season.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 04:02:00 PM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson's upper-body injury was described as "a little bruise" by Coyotes GM John Chayka.

Ekman-Larsson was seen after Tuesday's contest with his hand wrapped, so presumably that's the location of his injury. He's considered day-to-day and might be available on Thursday.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 10:49:00 AM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson (upper body) is reportedly a possibility for Thursday night.

He sustained an upper-body injury on Tuesday night and was checked out by the medical staff on Wednesday. The Coyotes will see where Ekman-Larsson is at in the morning.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 05:33:00 PM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson (upper body) is visiting with the medical staff on Wednesday.

The Coyotes expect to have a better understanding of the defenseman's status by Thursday. Coach Dave Tippett doesn't think Ekman-Larsson's upper-body injury is serious, which is encouraging.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 02:41:00 PM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson couldn't play in the third period of Tuesday's contest because of an upper-body injury.

Ekman-Larsson was seen after the game with his left hand wrapped, so that could be an indicator of what his injury is. That being said, the Coyotes didn't offer an update on his status immediately following the contest.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 08:59:00 AM

Associate Coach Jim Playfair says that Oliver Ekman-Larsson's game defensively is underrated.

Everyone who knows hockey and fantasy hockey knows how good Ekman-Larsson is offensively, but his defense gets no publicity. "I think the perception out there is Oliver is an All Star in the sense that he's a point-producing guy,' Playfair said. "Well, he does that but I think he does it very well from a defending base. And as long as he’s consistently focusing on his defense, he sets us up to be a good team and he understands that." OEL has five goals and 10 points in 20 games but he does face the opponent's top stars every game and can shut them down. He is a must start.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 06:44:00 AM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson played his best game of the season Sunday according to coach Dave Tippett.

Ekman-Larsson paired up against Oilers superstar Connor McDavid and held him in check for the most part as McDavid had only one assist in a 2-1 Coyotes win. "That’s the best game he's played this year," Tippett said of Ekman-Larsson. "He showed why he’s an All-Star defenseman tonight. He was outstanding." The 25-year-old defenseman has five goals and 10 points in 20 games and is a must start as he is one of the NHL's best goal scorers from the blueline.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 06:46:00 AM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson halted a four-game pointless skid with an assist in Friday's 3-2 shootout win over Edmonton.

He also scored the winning goal in the shootout. "Closed my eyes and shot," Ekman-Larsson said. "I'm not super comfortable in those kind of situations, but it's a lot of fun when you get the chance to shoot and I got lucky." Now, he just needs to do that in regulation (or overtime) because he hasn't scored a goal in 12 straight games.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 11:36:00 AM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson was handed a $2,000 fine for embellishment.

The way embellishment punishments work, the NHL issues the player a warning for the first incident, which in this case occurred on Oct. 25. Ekman-Larsson was fined because of a second incident that occurred on Nov. 3.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 02:21:00 PM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

He's now scored three goals in his last two games. Ekman-Larsson's goal at the 11:22 mark of the first period to give the Coyotes a lead. Arizona got goals from five different players, as Martin Hanzal, Jamie McGinn, Brad Richardson and Ryan White got goals. Ekman-Larsson has five goals in seven games this season. He's one of the top offensive defensemen in the league. He's a must-start in all standard fantasy leagues.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 10:59:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Martin Hanzal
2Christian Dvorak
3Jordan Martinook
4Peter Holland
5Brad Richardson
6Laurent Dauphin
7Dave Bolland
LW1Tobias Rieder
2Jamie McGinn
3Lawson Crouse
4Alexander Burmistrov
5Brendan Perlini
6Max Domi
RW1Anthony Duclair
2Radim Vrbata
3Shane Doan
4Ryan White
5Josh Jooris
D1Oliver Ekman-Larsson
2Alex Goligoski
3Michael Stone
4Jakob Chychrun
5Connor Murphy
6Luke Schenn
7Kevin Connauton
8Chris Pronger
G1Mike Smith
2Louis Domingue