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Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Defenseman  - ARI
(EHK-man-LAHR-suhn, AW-lih-vuhr)
Number: 23
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left
Born: Jul 17, 1991  (Age 23)
Birthplace: Karlskrona, Sweden
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Acquired: Phoenix’s first choice (first round, sixth overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft
Drafted: PHX / 2009 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (6th overall) PROSPECT BIO
2013-14 Highlights
Established career highs in goals (15), assists (29), points (44), power-play goals (8), game-winning goals (6) and penalty minutes (50) in 80 games...Ranked fifth among NHL defensemen in goals and 14th in points...Ranked tied for first among NHL defensemen in GWGs and tied for third in PPGs...Led the team in TOI/game (25:53) and ranked sixth among all NHL defensemen...Led the team in shifts/game (29.4), ranked first in SH/TOI and was second in PP/TOI...Ranked third on the team in shots (199) and had six multi-point games...Scored a goal at CBJ, Apr. 8...Posted 1-1-2 vs. EDM, Apr. 4...Scored a PPG at NYR, Mar. 24...Scored a PPG vs. BOS, Mar. 22...Scored a goal at FLA, Mar. 11...Recorded 1-1-2 and his 100th career point vs. MTL, Mar. 6...Had 2 assists at COL, Feb. 28...Scored a goal at WPG, Feb. 27...Scored two goals, including the game winner, vs. LAK, Jan. 28...Skated in a career-high 34:57 of ice time at Van, Jan. 26...Scored a goal at WPG, Jan. 13 and at STL, Jan. 14...Recorded a point in four straight games (1-4-5) from Nov. 6-14...Recorded 1-2-3 vs. EDM, Oct. 26...Scored the GWG at PHI, Oct. 11...Notched a goal at SJS, Oct. 5.

2012-13 Highlights
Recorded 3-21-24 in 48 games to rank fifth on the team and second among defensemen in scoring...Had a plus-5 rating and 26 PIM...Led the team in assists (21), TOI/game (25:05) and shifts/game (28.7)...Ranked fourth on the team in shots (101), fifth in takeaways (21) and sixth in hits (73)...Led the team in SH TOI/game (3:00) and PP TOI/ game (3:40)...Had six multi-point games...Tallied two assists vs. COL, Apr. 6...Recorded two assists vs. ANA, Mar. 4... Skated in a season-high 30:16 at VAN, Feb. 26...Registered two assists and was a plus-3 vs. CGY, Feb. 18...Scored a goal at COL, Feb. 11...Collected two assists at DAL, Feb. 1...Posted two goals 2-1-3 with a plus-3 rating and matched a season-high with six shots vs. CBJ, Jan. 23.

2011-12 Highlights
Posted career highs in goals (13), assists (19), points (32) and games (82)…One of six Coyotes to play in all 82 games…First on the team in shifts/game (26.2) and second in TOI/G (22:06)…Ranked second on the team in blocked shots (92) and third in hits (140)…Scored his 13th goal (GWG) vs. ANA, Mar. 31…Skated in a career high 31:01 of ice time at DAL, Mar. 20…Three-game goal streak (3-2-5) from Mar. 12-15…Scored a PPG and had an assist in a 5-4 win at VAN, Mar. 14…Posted 1-1-2 and a plus-3 at NSH, Mar 12…Scored a goal at EDM, Feb. 25…Blocked a career high six shots vs. SJS, Feb. 4…Recorded 0-2-2 at CBJ, Jan. 13…Recorded 1-1-2 vs. NYI, Jan. 7…Recorded 1-1-2 vs. EDM, Dec. 15…Scored the GDG at CHI, Dec. 5…Notched 1-1-2 vs. ANA, Nov. 23…Scored a goal at TOR, Nov. 15…Recorded the first two-goal game of his career vs. WPG, Oct. 15…Scored his second career NHL goal at SJS, Oct. 8…2012 Playoffs: Recorded 1-3-4 in 16 postseason games…Led the team in TOI/G (25:46) and was second in shifts/game (32.2)…Played in all five games of the WCF against LAK…Appeared in all five games of the WCSF against NSH…Had an assist in Game 1 vs. NSH, Apr. 27…Recorded 1-2-3 in all six games of the WCQF against CHI…Scored his first career postseason goal (GWG), while collecting his first multi-point game (1-1-2) in Game 6 at CHI, Apr. 23…Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 1 of the WCQF vs. CHI, Apr. 12; skating in a postseason career high 31:14 of ice time.
 
2010-11 Highlights
In his first professional season, appeared in 48 games with Phoenix, recording 1-10-11…Also played in 15 games with San Antonio (AHL), collecting 3-7-10…Collected an assist at SJS, Feb. 1…Recorded career high five hits vs. LAK, Jan. 22…Netted first career NHL goal vs. SJS, Jan. 17…Posted a three-game point streak (1-2-3) from Jan. 13-17…Collected an assist vs. BUF, Jan. 8…Recorded an assist vs. MIN, Dec. 9; after being recalled from San Antonio (AHL) earlier in the day…Recorded his first NHL point (assist) against CAR on Oct. 23, 2010…Skated 23:47 in season-opening win against the Bruins…Made his NHL debut vs. BOS, Oct. 9.

2009-10 Highlights
Played in 42 games for Leksand in Sweden’s second-highest professional league, recording 9-18-27 and 98 PIM…Ranked second on the team and tied for seventh in the league in points by a defenseman…Led all players under the age of 19 in league scoring…Collected 2-4-6 in 10 playoff games.

2008-09 Highlights
Played in 39 games for Leksand (Sweden-2), collecting 3-14-17 and 32 PIM…Led the league in plus/minus with a plus-44 rating…Led all players under the age of 18 in scoring for the season (no other 17-year-old scored more than six points on the season)…Tallied 2-2-4 in eight playoff games.

2007-08 Highlights
Played in 27 games for Tingsryd of the Swedish junior league (Sweden-3), recording 3-5-8 and 10 PIM…Helped Smaland win Sweden’s national tournament, TV-Pucken…Recorded 4-3-7 in eight games and was named the tournament’s best defenseman.

International Career
2014: Won a silver medal with Sweden at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia...Collected 0-3-3 in six games...2011: Won a silver medal at the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia...Recorded 1-3-4 and a plus-5 rating in seven games...Averaged 17:19 of ice time per game and took 24 shots...2010: Won a bronze medal at both the IIHF World Junior Championship in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan and IIHF World Championship in Germany...Registered 2-3-5 with 12 PIM and a plus-5 rating in six games at the WJC...Tied for the team lead in points by defensemen...Ranked tied for sixth in scoring among all defensemen in the tournament...Selected as one of Sweden’s top three players for the tournament by opposing coaches...Collected 1-2-3 and a plus-3 rating in nine games in the IIHF World Championship...Recorded 20:02 TOI in the bronze medal game vs. Germany...2009: Represented Team Sweden at the IIHF U-18 World Championship in Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota, collecting 2-6-8 in six games and helping Sweden to a fifth place finish.

Personal
Favorite player growing up was Nicklas Lidstrom...Spends the summer in Sweden with family and friends...Enjoys playing tennis in his spare time...Favorite movie is “American Pie”...Other favorites include: Abba (band) and “Two and a Half Men” (TV show)...Nicknames are “Ollie” and “Big O”...Most memorable hockey moment was representing Sweden in the 2010 IIHF World Championship...If he weren’t a hockey player, he would like to coach hockey.
 
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