Oliver Ekman-Larsson

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson
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Born (1991-07-17) July 17, 1991 (age 24)
Karlskrona, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Arizona Coyotes
Tingsryds AIF
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] currently playing for and serving as an alternate captain of the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Ekman-Larsson was originally selected sixth overall by the Coyotes organization in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Ekman-Larsson 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.[2]

In the season following his draft selection, Ekman-Larsson produced the second most points among junior players in Allsvenskan[3] despite missing several games while competing in the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships for Sweden.

Ekman-Larsson recorded his first career NHL point via an assist on a Kyle Turris goal on October 23, 2010.[4] He then scored his first career NHL goal on January 17, 2011, against goaltender 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 Phoenix's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Portland Pirates.

On March 6, 2014, Ekman-Larsson scored his 100th NHL career point in a 5–2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. With Ekman-Larsson's contribution, it was the first time since December 9, 1998, that the Coyotes had defeated Montreal.[5] At the conclusion of the 2013–14 season, Ekman-Larsson finished seventh in balloting for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the League's defenceman of the year. His votes included three first-place votes, one second-place vote and two third-place votes. Keith Yandle, Ekman-Larsson's teammate on defence, finished 12th in voting.[6]

On December 16, 2014, during the 2014–15 season, Ekman-Larsson tied the Coyotes' franchise record for overtime-winning goals by a player in a single season after scoring his third of the season with 0.03 seconds left in overtime in a 2–1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.[7] At the end of 2014–15, Ekman-Larsson led all NHL defencemen in goals scored, with 23.[8]

International play[edit]

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Ekman-Larsson represented Sweden at the 2010 World Junior Championships, where he was the highest-scoring defenceman on the team,[9] scoring five points in six 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.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Ekman-Larsson's maternal grandfather Kenneth Ekman,[11] also a defenceman, was selected to represent Sweden at the 1972 Winter Olympics. Swedish international footballer Amanda Ilestedt is Ekman-Larsson's cousin.[12]

In 2013, Ekman-Larsson founded OEL, a luxury clothing line based out of Sweden.[13]

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
2014–15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 82 23 20 43 40
NHL totals 340 55 99 154 172 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 3rd 6 2 3 5 12
2010 Sweden WC 3rd 9 1 2 3 2
2011 Sweden WC 2nd 7 1 3 4 2
2014 Sweden Oly 2nd 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. ^ Phoenix Coyotes (2010-05-24). "Coyotes sign first round draft choice to entry level contract". coyotes.nhl.com. 
  3. ^ Elite Prospects. "2009 - 2010 Allsvenskan u20". eliteprospects.com. 
  4. ^ "Hurricanes vs. Coyotes". coyotes.nhl.com. 2010-10-23. 
  5. ^ "Coyotes Beat Canadiens for First Time Since '98". coyotes.nhl.com. 2014-03-06. 
  6. ^ "Ekman-Larsson Places Seventh in Norris Trophy Voting; Yandle Places 12th". coyotes.nhl.com. 2013-06-16. 
  7. ^ "Coyotes top Oilers in final second of OT". National Hockey League. 2014-12-16. 
  8. ^ "Senators' Karlsson wins second Norris Trophy". NHL. June 24, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ "IIHF WJC Championship Sweden PLAYER STATISTICS BY TEAM 2009-2010" (PDF). IIHF.com. January 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ "IIHF World Championship Best Players Per Game" (PDF). IIHF.com. May 23, 2010. 
  11. ^ Ronnie Johansson (2010-04-23). "Eliteprospects.com - Kenneth Ekman". eliteprospects.com (in Swedish). 
  12. ^ Jonsson, Fredrik (June 29, 2013). "Ilestedt drömmer om en medalj i hemma-EM" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "OEL of Sweden". 2014-12-18. 

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