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From NHL.com's Tim Wharnsby:
They're everywhere in the NHL these days, young Swedish defensemen who have been influenced by Nicklas Lidstrom, the legendary Detroit Red Wings defenseman.
Back when Peter Forsberg was at his best, most young hockey players from Sweden wanted to be like him, a forward. But then Lidstrom started collecting Stanley Cup titles and Norris Trophy wins and Olympic gold, and that all changed.
"You look around the League and see all the young [Swedish] defensemen," Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said. "When you grew up in Sweden before Nicklas became the player he was, everybody wanted to be a forward. When he played his best, the most skilled guys back home wanted to be like him and play defense. Our best players are defensemen."
Now there is Victor Hedman in Tampa Bay, John Klingberg in Dallas, Jonas Brodin in Minnesota, Hampus Lindholm in Anaheim, Adam Larsson in New Jersey, Mattias Ekholm in Nashville.
There are also a couple dandies in Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes.
Ekman-Larsson led all NHL defensemen with 23 goals last season, two more than Karlsson, a two-time Norris Trophy winner. Lidstrom had the record for most goals by a Swedish defenseman in a season at 20. But then Ekman-Larsson and Karlsson zoomed on by.
"Every D-man who comes from Sweden has watched him play," Ekman-Larsson, 24, said. "He was my idol growing up and he's the reason I started to play 'D.'
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Will these types of hits ever stop?
Check out this dirtiness, as Blackhawks forward Joakim Nordstrom hits Coyotes’ best defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson from behind.
via Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
After the game, Tippett said Ekman-Larsson was day-to-day with a "not-too-serious" upper-body injury and he is hopeful Ekman-Larsson is ready to play Saturday.
A certain fan base that visits Kukla's Korner regularly reacted to Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney's suggestion that it would be "difficult" to part with Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, but that just about everyone else on his team's roster is available, means that OEL is on the move, but even the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch doesn't belive that to be true--though he does have some news about the Coyotes' would-be fire sale:
In summary, captain Shane Doan won’t be going anywhere, defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is doubtful to be moved (but could be) and if teams are willing to pay the price then pretty much everybody else is on the market. However, buyers should beware.
For example, centre Antoine Vermette will be going somewhere by the March 2 deadline and he’s highly-sought after. The talk amongst NHL executives is when the Senators made a call, the asking price may have been top-prospect Curtis Lazar or another high-end prospect.
For a rental? Thanks, but no thanks for the Senators, but that doesn’t mean some contender won’t pay it.
Defenceman Keith Yandle, a year away from unrestricted free agency, is also drawing a lot of interest. The Coyotes will want two pieces and a pick in return for him but Maloney hasn’t given teams interested an idea of just how big he wants those two pieces to be.
“If you can get Yandle at this deadline you can get him for two playoff runs,” noted a league executive. “This isn’t an easy move but you’re getting a guy who can play 20-plus minutes and is pretty good offensively.”
Garrioch continues, discussing the Leafs' possible attempts to move Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel, Martin Brodeur's retirement as a Blue, and this:
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Oliver Ekman-Larson with a 'blooper' of a goal...
Oliver Ekman-Larsson with a big hit on Marian Gaborik.
Then Kings scored on the play to make it 4-2 late in the game.
Gaborik did not miss a shift but in my opinion he should not have come back at that point with LA up by two goals.
from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,
“Point three seconds,” said Nugent-Hopkins. “I couldn’t believe it. I looked up, thinking it would be five seconds, 10 seconds. Of course, it has to be under a second left.” ...
With just three tenths of a second left on the overtime clock, Martin Erat slipped around Nugent-Hopkins with the puck and before the Oilers could say shootout, Oliver Ekman-Larsson beat Ben Scrivens with the winner.
“Heartbreaker,” said (Todd) Nelson. “I think there were five seconds left, the play was on the wall near our bench, and all of a sudden, they have a rush and Larsson makes a great shot.”
“It sucks. It really does. It’s just like, ‘you’ve got to be kidding me,’ ” said captain Andrew Ference. “Those plays are extremely frustrating, but you can’t toss the positives out of the window. We were playing for the win.
“Yeah, the final play of the game sticks with you, and it’s hard to shake off, but you can’t constantly beat yourself up about it.”
more on the game and watch the Oliver Ekman-Larsson goal below...
Derek MacKenzie of the Blue Jackets made the hit and Ekman-Larsson did not return to the game, Coyotes only announced upper-body injury.
No penalty for the hit but Keith Yandle and MacKenzie did receive five for fighting...
added 9:50am, via NHL.com, MacKenzie will have a hearing tomorrow,
On what player he would compare Ekman-Larsson to:
“It’s one of those thing that nobody wants to ever say because it’s such a huge compliment and such a hard thing to live up to. But his personality and the way he plays the game, with his stick and how smart he is, he has a lot of things that look like Nicklas Lidstrom. He’s a kind of lanky guy that gets his shot through. I’ve obvious never gotten to play with him, just against him a lot. Obviously to compare anyone to him is almost blasphemy, but at the same time, if there is anyone you could come close to, it would be Oliver.”
-Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes, via Mayor's Manor where you can read more from Doan.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson to a six-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Oliver is an exceptional young player who will continue to improve as he matures,” Maloney said. “He is an important part of our future and we are pleased to have agreed on a long term contract.”
The Coyotes defeated the Blackhawks 4-0 and the only goal needed by Phoenix was this power play blast from Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
Without a doubt, Mike Smith was the difference, particularly early in the game. In the first period, he stopped 16 shots while Phoenix could only manage 2 on Corey Crawford.
The Coyotes will now host the Nashville Predators in games 1 and 2, while the St. Louis Blues will be welcoming the LA Kings for the first two games of the Western Conference Semi-Finals.
added 11:40pm, Below, read the release from the Coyotes regarding advancing to the WCSF.
I hope everyone is enjoying the hockey season and are gearing up for the upcoming holiday season! Remember the holidays mean the World Junior Hockey Championships are just around the corner, beginning on Boxing Day!
Now, some news and notes from various European leagues.
On the subject of the World Juniors, Team Sweden is hoping that the Edmonton Oilers will release Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson for the tournament. The Swedish rookie has collected 9 points in 25 games this year, while currently riding a three game point streak. However, the Oilers have already stated that they have no plans for releasing the talented winger for the tournament. On the bright side for Sweden, they do have the Ottawa Senators blue chip goalie prospect; Robin Lehner on their training camp roster, as well as the Phoenix Coyotes young defensive phenom; Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
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(GLENDALE, AZ) – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have assigned defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson to the San Antonio Rampage, the Coyotes Amercian Hockey League affiliate.
The 6-foot-2, 190 pound Ekman-Larsson has played 14 games with the Coyotes this season, collecting three assists and 12 penalty minutes.
Last season, the 19-year-old native of Karlskrona, Sweden played 52 games with Leksands IF (Sweden 2), registering 11-22-33 and 106 penalty minutes.
Ekman-Larsson was drafted by the Coyotes in the first round (6th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Some of the Globe and Mail hockey writers answer the following question…
Which National Hockey League rookie will have the biggest impact this season?
Take a pen. Jot down this name: Oliver Ekman-Larsson. When your buddies ask you which NHL rookie is going to have a whiz-bang season, tell them it’ll be the Phoenix Coyotes’ first-year defenceman Ekman-Larsson.
Yes, there are more celebrated rookies out there (Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin), but at 19 Ekman-Larsson comes with size (6 foot 2, 176 pounds) and a polished game.