Oliver Ekman-Larsson

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson
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Born (1991-07-17) July 17, 1991 (age 23)
Karlskrona, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Arizona Coyotes
Leksands IF
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 6th overall, 2009
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 2007–present

Oliver Oscar Emanuel Ekman-Larsson (born July 17, 1991) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman[1] who is currently playing for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Ekman-Larsson's maternal grandfather Kenneth Ekman,[2] also a defenceman, was selected to the Swedish team for the 1972 Olympics. Swedish international footballer Amanda Ilestedt is Ekman-Larsson's cousin.[3]

Playing career[edit]

He was selected sixth overall by Phoenix in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. On May 24, 2010, it was announced that the Coyotes had signed Ekman-Larsson to an entry-level contract.[4]

In the season following his draft selection, Ekman-Larsson produced the second most points among junior players in Allsvenskan[5] despite missing several games while competing in the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Oliver's first NHL point was an assist on a goal by Kyle Turris on October 23, 2010.[6] He scored his first goal on January 17, 2011 against Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks.

For the duration of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Ekman-Larsson on the last year of his entry level contract was assigned to AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates.

International play[edit]

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Medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Men's ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Silver 2014 Sochi
World Championships
Silver 2011 Slovakia
Bronze 2010 Germany
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2010 Canada

Ekman-Larsson represented Sweden at the 2010 World Junior Championships, where he was the highest scoring defenceman on his team[7] with 5 points in 6 games.

At the 2010 World Championships, Ekman-Larsson played in nine games for the bronze medalists and was deemed to be Sweden's best player in the game against Norway.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Leksands IF Swe.1 39 3 14 17 32
2009–10 Leksands IF Swe.1 42 9 18 27 98
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 48 1 10 11 24
2010–11 San Antonio Rampage AHL 15 3 7 10 16
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 13 19 32 32 16 1 3 4 8
2012–13 Portland Pirates AHL 20 7 14 21 28
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 48 3 21 24 26
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 80 15 29 44 50
NHL totals 258 32 79 111 132 16 1 3 4 8

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Sweden U18 5th 6 2 6 8 2
2010 Sweden WJC Bronze medal icon.svg 6 2 3 5 12
2010 Sweden WC Bronze medal icon.svg 9 1 2 3 2
2011 Sweden WC Silver medal icon.svg 7 1 3 4 2
2014 Sweden Oly Silver medal icon.svg 6 0 3 3 2
Junior totals 12 4 9 13 14
Senior totals 22 2 8 10 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oliver Ekman-Larsson". eurohockey.net. Retrieved May 28, 2009. 
  2. ^ Ronnie Johansson (2010-04-23). "Eliteprospects.com - Kenneth Ekman". eliteprospects.com (in Swedish). 
  3. ^ Jonsson, Fredrik (June 29, 2013). "Ilestedt drömmer om en medalj i hemma-EM" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Phoenix Coyotes (2010-05-24). "Coyotes sign first round draft choice to entry level contract". coyotes.nhl.com. 
  5. ^ Elite Prospects. "2009 - 2010 Allsvenskan u20". eliteprospects.com. 
  6. ^ "Hurricanes vs. Coyotes". coyotes.nhl.com. 2010-10-23. 
  7. ^ "IIHF WJC Championship Sweden PLAYER STATISTICS BY TEAM 2009-2010". IIHF.com. January 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ "IIHF World Championship Best Players Per Game". IIHF.com. May 23, 2010. 

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Preceded by
Viktor Tikhonov
Phoenix Coyotes first round draft pick
2009
Succeeded by
Brandon Gormley