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Oliver Ekman-Larsson | Defenseman

Team: Arizona Coyotes
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/17/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
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Oliver Ekman-Larsson isn't happy with the city of Glendale because of the breaking of the lease agreement between the city and the Coyotes.
"We’ve been through so much the past couple of years, and now this happens. It’s disappointing and extremely frustrating that we have to go through something like this again." The future of the Coyotes in Arizona has to be questioned at the least, but it appears as though ownership is committed to keeping the team in Arizona. Jun 14 - 3:36 PM

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson was named to the All-Star team of the World Hockey Championships.

He led all defensemen in scoring at the tournament with 12 points in eight games and he finished first among all skaters with 10 assists. Sweden was knocked out in the quarterfinal round by the silver-medalist Russians.
May 18 - 3:58 PM

Arizona Coyotes and Team Sweden's defender Oliver Ekman-Larsson sits tied with three others for the most points heading into the quarter finals

Ekman-Larsson also leads the tournament with nine assists, plus all defensemen and Swedes in points. All this tournament appears to be proving is that there isn't a goalie in the world who can stop him.
May 12 - 8:35 PM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson picked up a goal and two assists in Sweden's 4-2 win over France on Monday.

He leads the World Hockey Championships in scoring with 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in seven games. Filip Forsberg, who leads the tournament in goals with eight, scored two goals in the contest and Oscar Klefbom contribute two assists.
May 11 - 6:50 PM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson has carried his elite scoring ways into the World Hockey Championship for Team Sweden.

Ekman-Larsson led all NHL defenders with 23 goals and ranked 17th in points with 43 during the regular season. During the tournament he has but a single goal but leads all players with seven assists, and ranks just two points behind Russia's Yevgeni Dadonov for most overall points. Ekman-Larsson's eight points ranks first among defenders, however.
May 10 - 8:29 PM

The 23 goals scored by Oliver Ekman-Larsson tied a franchise record for most goals in a season by a defenseman.

Phil Housley turned the trick twice in the early 90's when the franchise was in Winnipeg. OEL led the team in points with 43 and will look to get an infusion of scoring help next season when Max Domi, Anthony Duclair and hopefully either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel are with the club.
Apr 13 - 5:29 AM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson remains optimistic about the Arizona Coyotes despite their disastrous season.

With a 5-0 loss to Vancouver on Thursday, the Coyotes are now 24-49-8 this season. "I don't think we're that bad," Ekman-Larsson said. "We just have to work on some things, and I'm already excited for next season." Arizona really has been awful this season, but there are at least some reasons for Ekman-Larsson to be excited. Arizona has some really good prospects on the way as well as some talented youngsters already with the team, including Ekman-Larsson. Combine that with whoever they draft in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft - they still have a chance of finishing 30th overall - and it's not hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Apr 10 - 9:00 AM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson tied a franchise record with his 23rd goal of the season.

OEL tied the mark for defensemen set by Phil Housley when the franchise was still in Winnipeg. "I've been saying for a while and everyone has that he's a special player, and I really don't think there's too many people in the league I'd trade him for," captain Shane Doan said.​ "He's our best offensive player. He's our best defensive player. He's special, and it's disappointing he doesn't get the talk nationally that he deserves. What he's doing this year, obviously, it speaks for itself." Doan is right as Ekman-Larsson is one of the top blueliners in the NHL.
Apr 5 - 5:01 AM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson netted two goals and had an assist in the Coyotes’ 5-3 win against the Sharks on Saturday night.

OEL also had two penalty minutes in 28:02. He scored one of his goals on the power play, and the other at even strength. Either way, Ekman-Larsson is having quite the season, now with 23 goals and 43 points. Shane Doan had a goal and two helpers, while Sam Gagner and Mark Arcobello each notched a marker and an assist.
Apr 4 - 11:53 PM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a goal and an assist to help Arizona defeat Buffalo 4-3 in overtime in a battle between the league's bottom two teams.

Ekman-Larsson now has seven points in his past four games, making for 40 points so far this season on the lowly Coyotes.
Mar 27 - 12:50 AM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson picked up two assists during Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Red Wings.

Ekman-Larrson's big season continued as he also contributed four shots, three hits, a block, a takeaway in over 30 minutes of ice time. Which included over eight minutes spent on special teams. Ekman-Larsson now 18 assists and 38 points this season.
Mar 25 - 2:28 AM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored Arizona's only goal in their 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

Ekman-Larsson's first period goal tied the game at one. That scoreline held until the final five minutes of the third period when Vancouver scored twice. The 23-year-old now has 20 goals and 36 points in 73 games this season. He has been one of the few bright spots for Arizona this season. He becomes the first player in franchise history to reach the 20-goal mark since Phil Housley and Fredrik Olausson did so for the Winnipeg Jets in 1991-92.
Mar 22 - 10:50 PM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored twice, once on a remarkable double-tap in mid-air, in Thursday's 5-2 loss to Colorado.

You need to go find a highlight of Ekman-Larsson's second goal. Simply put, he batted the puck twice out of the air, putting it in the second time as he glided away from the play. He also led all skaters with nine shots, and added three hits, and a block over 25:50 of ice time. With the goals Ekman-Larsson still only ranks 25th among defensemen with 35 points, but he leads all blue liners with 19 goals.
Mar 20 - 1:20 AM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson took line rushes and is expected to play against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

Ekman-Larsson is having another stellar season through 68 games. He's collected 17 goals, 33 points, 34 PIMs, 62 blocks, and 135 hits from the blue line.
Mar 14 - 8:48 PM

There's a good chance that Oliver Ekman-Larsson (undisclosed) will play on Saturday.

Ekman-Larsson was smashed into the board by Joakim Nordstrom during Thursday's game. Nordstrom received a two-game suspension for his actions. Ekman-Larsson did go to the dressing room after absorbing the blow, but he was not seriously injured.
Mar 13 - 5:38 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Martin Hanzal
2Antoine Vermette
3Boyd Gordon
4Brad Richardson
5Joe Vitale
LW1Mikkel Boedker
2Kyle Chipchura
3Lucas Lessio
4Tobias Rieder
5John Scott
RW1Shane Doan
2Steve Downie
3Jordan Szwarz
4Henrik Samuelsson
D1Oliver Ekman-Larsson
2Michael Stone
3Nicklas Grossmann
4Connor Murphy
5Andrew Campbell
6Klas Dahlbeck
7Brandon Gormley
8Zbynek Michalek
9Chris Pronger
G1Mike Smith
2Anders Lindback