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23 Oliver Ekman-Larsson D
Height/Weight: 6-2/193 | Birthdate: 7/17/1991 | Birthplace: Karlskrona, Sweden | Team: Arizona Coyotes | College: None | NHL Experience: 4 | Salary: $900,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/89 | Average Draft Position: 53.70
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3/26/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI Scoring Binge Continues For Yotes' Ekman-Larsson

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Scoring Binge Continues For Yotes' Ekman-Larsson

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored his 21st goal, added an assist and went plus-1 in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over Buffalo.
Analysis: That's three straight games with a point and a very shiny seven points -- four goals and three assists -- in the last five games for Oliver Ekman-Larsson, representing a strong late-season run for a guy the Coyotes will be leaning on for years to come. He's now hit 40 points for the second straight season, and it's suddenly looking likely that he'll clear last year's 44 before all's said and done.

3/24/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI Ekman-Larsson's Two Helpers Boost 'Yotes

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Ekman-Larsson's Two Helpers Boost 'Yotes

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson picked up a power-play assist and then helped out on Mark Arcobello's overtime winner Tuesday in Detroit.
Analysis: He's been the rare blueliner with more goals than assists, but Tuesday's production pulled the two stats closer to even -- OEL now has 20 goals and 18 helpers for the season. With five points in his last three games, Oliver Ekman-Larsson's on a strong season-closing run.

3/22/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Yotes' Ekman-Larsson Hots 20-Goal Mark

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson is the first NHL defenseman to hit the 20-goal mark this season, as he scored the lone Coyotes' goal in Sunday's loss to the Canucks.
Analysis: Oliver Ekman-Larsson has been firing on all cylinders of late, piling up three goals on 18 shots in his last three games. He's now up to 36 points in 73 games and appears destined for a second consecutive 40-point campaign. The workhorse, who averages 24:55 of ice time, should be in your lineup every game.

3/19/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Ekman-Larsson Tallies Both Arizona Goals In Loss

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson was the whole of the Coyotes' offense Thursday, as he took nine shots and scored his 18th and 19th goals of the year in a 5-2 loss to the Avalanche.
Analysis: The markers snapped a three-game stretch of point-getting futility for OEL and a goalless skid more than a month long, dating back to Feb. 16. On any other team, he'd be one of the most valuable defensemen in fantasy, as Oliver Ekman-Larsson now leads all NHL blueliners in goals, but the context of playing for the Coyotes has not been kind to him, as he has only 16 assists on the year and a minus-20 rating. If he doesn't score the goals on this team, no one does.

3/14/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson Will Play Saturday

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (upper body) will play in Saturday's game against the Devils, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: The Coyotes didn't make the decision until after pregame warmups concluded, but Oliver Ekman-Larsson will ultimately take the ice despite sustaining an upper-body injury in Thursday's loss to Chicago.

3/14/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson (Upper Body) Taking Warmups

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (upper body) is on the ice for Saturday's pregame warmups, but it still hasn't been decided if he will play against the Devils, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: It appears that Oliver Ekman-Larsson is in line to play if he makes it through the warmups without too much pain, but his status won't be officially known until right before the puck drops. As a result, it may be wise to find other options just in case he's scratched late.

3/13/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson Day-To-Day

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson sustained an upper-body injury in Thursday's loss to the Blackhawks and is being listed as day-to-day, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Oliver Ekman-Larsson was knocked into the boards late in Thursday's game by the Blackhawks' Joakim Nordstrom, who will have a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety for the hit. While coach Dave Tippett isn't ruling out Ekman-Larsson for Saturday's game against the Devils, the blueliner's status appears to be in some peril after he was unable to skate at Friday's practice. More clarity on OEL's situation should become available Saturday morning, but his potential absence would be a major blow to a Coyotes squad that is already woefully short on offensive-minded talent. Ekman-Larsson ranks second among all NHL blueliners with 17 goals on the season.

3/6/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson Nabs Assist In Win

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson picked up an assist Thursday in a 3-2 shootout win over the Canucks. He took three shots and added three hits and a block on the night.
Analysis: With the departure of Keith Yandle and Antoine Vermette, OEL is tied with Sam Gagner for the team lead with 32 points. It has been a tough year in some ways for Oliver Ekman-Larsson (he's got an ugly minus-21), but he has set new career highs in goals and shots, which suggests some growth. The Coyotes' rebuild may hold him back a bit, but he remains among the better young defensemen in the NHL. If you can get him at a good price for next year, consider it.

2/27/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson Nabs PP Assist In Loss

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson had an assist on the power play Thursday in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers. He was plus-1, took two shots, and added two hits and a block on the night.
Analysis: The assist ends a mini three-game slump for the young blueliner. OEL's plus/minus is a drag, but otherwise he is having a solid season. He is on pace for just over 40 points, while leading defensemen in goals; he has already set a new career high in shots with a new mark in hits likely to come; and, he remains a strong power play contributor. The Coyotes' rebuild could suppress his stats a bit in coming years, but that will hurt more in real life. At 23 years old, he is a stud defenseman for fantasy, regardless.

2/17/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson Scores In Loss

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson Scores In Loss

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored his 17th goal on his only shot and added four hits Monday in a 5-2 loss to Colorado.
Analysis: OEL continues to lead all defensemen in goals as he approaches the 20-goal plateau. And as usual, he's producing consistently, with five points in the last six games.

2/15/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson Has Assist In Loss

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson picked up an assist Saturday in a loss to the Rangers. He was minus-1 with four shots on net and three hits.
Analysis: OEL had a tough start to the year, but in 33 games since December 1 he has 13 goals, six assists, 8 points on the power play, a minus-1 rating and is averaging 3.5 shots, 2 hits, and a blocked shot per game, which are fantastic numbers for fantasy owners. Things will get tougher in Arizona if the team jettisons some veterans to rebuild, but OEL is a building block that the Coyotes and fantasy owners can count on.

2/10/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI Yotes' Ekman-Larsson Stays Hot Monday

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Yotes' Ekman-Larsson Stays Hot Monday

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson assisted on both of Arizona's goals in Monday's 3-2 shootout win over the Blackhawks.
Analysis: OEL has been a beast from the back end of late, racking up eight points in the last nine games. Although they don't play together at even strength, he and fellow blueliner Keith Yandle have been superb for the lowly Coyotes, recording a combined 67 points this year. Imagine the possibilities if these guys played for a contender. Yandle is a likely candidate to get moved before the March 2 trade deadline, but since Oliver Ekman-Larsson is just 23 and considered a franchise cornerstone, he isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

2/7/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI Yotes' Ekman-Larsson: Gets 16th Goal

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Yotes' Ekman-Larsson: Gets 16th Goal

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson continued his Cy Young season Saturday when he potted the Coyotes' only goal in a 3-1 loss to the Red Wings. He has 16 goals and 10 assists on the season, and four goals in his last six outings.
Analysis: It's almost unheard of to have a defender score this many goals (BTW, his 16th was a new career mark), but even more unlikely for one to have significantly more goals than assists. He's also on pace to establish a new high in hits and he's developing into an elite-level defender. His future is very, very bright.

2/4/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson Scores In Win

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson Scores In Win

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored his 15h goal on the power play Tuesday in win over Columbus. He was plus-1, added five shots, and two blocked shots.
Analysis: OEL leads defensemen in goals this year and he has now scored in three of his last four games and has points in four of his last five. He is a bright spot for the Coyotes in a tough season.

2/2/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson Scores In Win

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored his 14th goal of the season Sunday in a win over Montreal. He was plus-1, took five shots on net, and added a hit and blocked shot in the contest.
Analysis: OEL continues an interesting season of production as he leads NHL defensemen in goals, but has just 10 assists, which has him trailing his overall scoring pace from a year ago. He is going to be one of the main pieces the Coyotes will keep to build around if they start making rebuilding moves as the trade deadline approaches.

1/30/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson Scores In Win

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a shorthanded goal, his 13th of the season, Thursday in a win over the Leafs. He was plus-1 and took eight shots in the game.
Analysis: Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier would like to have this one back, as OEL scored on a dump-in from his own blue line, but they all count. While his point total on the season is a bit disappointing, Oliver Ekman-Larsson leads all defensemen in goals this year, including eight on the power play, and ranks second in shots. On a brutal Coyotes team it's tough to complain about that production.

1/19/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson Scores In Loss

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored his 12th goal of the season Sunday in a shootout loss to the Jets. He took five shots and added a hit in the contest.
Analysis: While OEL's season overall can be considered a disappointment with just 21 points and a minus-14 rating, he is tied for the lead in goals among defensemen. With the Coyotes' season effectively lost there could be changes coming in the desert, but Oliver Ekman-Larsson should be one of the building blocks they keep.

1/11/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson Named To All-Star Team

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson will represent the Coyotes at the 2015 All-Star Game in Columbus.
Analysis: OEL is arguably having a poorer season than last year overall, but he leads NHL defensemen in goals with 11 and, other than perhaps Keith Yandle, there isn't anyone else on the Coyotes who should be there ahead of him.

1/9/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Offense Picking Up For Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson registered a goal on his four shot attempts in Thursday's win over the Jets. He also doled out five hits defensively.
Analysis: The goal was OEL's 11th of the season and eighth on the power play, both of which lead all NHL defensemen. His minus-12 rating remains something of an anchor, but it's one that fantasy owners can cope with due to the immense point production he provides.

1/9/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson Scores In Win

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a power-play goal Thursday in a win over the Jets. He was plus-1, with two PIM, four shots, five hits, and two blocks in a solid all around effort.
Analysis: OEL now has 11 goals on the season with six of his last seven points coming via bulging the twine. His 19 points on the season have him just behind last year's pace and, while his minus-12 rating is disappointing, he has recovered from a slow start to the year. He has seen points in his last 11 games.

1/4/2015

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI Coyotes' OEL A Terror In Victory

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Coyotes' OEL A Terror In Victory

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson made his presence known on both ends of the ice in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Blue Jackets, tallying a power-play goal and assist while laying five hits.
Analysis: OEL has been a drain the plus/minus category of late, but the Coyotes' improved play of late has allowed him to make progress in that regard, as he's now at an awful, yet more palatable minus-12 for the season. Even if he doesn't notice much dramatic improvement in that category from here on, he'll be forgiven if he can continue to score at a lofty rate. He's been doing just that of late, tallying six goals in December and opening January on an equally high note.

12/23/2014

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson Scores In Loss

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the Coyotes' lone goal, his eighth goal of the season, on the power play Monday in a blowout loss to the Canucks. He was minus-1, with two PIM, four shots, and a hit in the loss.
Analysis: Oliver Ekman-Larsson doesn't have the overall point total (16 points in 33 games) some were expecting at this point in the season, but his eight goals rank tied for fifth among defensemen and he has a healthy nine points on the power play. He remains one of the top young defensemen in the NHL.

12/16/2014

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Arizona's Ekman-Larsson Scores Last-Second Winner

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a goal with 0.3 seconds left in overtime Tuesday, delivering a 2-1 win over the Oilers.
Analysis: Well, that's about as clutch as they get. Oliver Ekman-Larsson fired off an impressive eight shots in this one and has three points in the last two games, but is still sitting on a relatively modest 15 points in 31 games to go with a minus-12 rating for the season, so he's been well short of the elite status we expected after last season's 15-goal, 44-point bust-out.

12/13/2014

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Yotes' Ekman-Larsson: Goal And Assist Saturday

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's loss to the Wild.
Analysis: He's off his pace from last season, but that's not much of a surprise given the Yotes' struggles this season. This is a great opportunity for dynasty owners to try to secure him in a trade. His owner might be a bit frustrated and you'll get a consistent (future) 50-plus point player. It's work asking. You never know what you might get.

12/3/2014

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson Scores In Loss

News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored Tuesday in a loss to the Flames. He took five shots and blocked three shots.
Analysis: Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored for the second consecutive night bringing his total for the season to five goals. These games could be a sign that he is turning his season around offensively. He is still logging tons of ice time (sixth in the league at 26:01) and taking a boat load of shots, which bode well for a good finish to the rest of the year.