2007-08: Oliver Ekman-Larsson played with a number of clubs, most notably Tingsryd where he posted eight points in 27 games. Won TV-Pucken’s Best Defenseman award after a seven point/eight game performance with champion Smaland. Also played for Sweden’s U17 and U18 squads.
2008-09: Ekman-Larsson played for Leksands IF in the Allsvenskan (second level). Had the best plus/minus in the league at +44. Played on the top unit at the U18 tournament.
2008-09: Ekman-Larsson played for Leksands IF (Swe-2), picking up 17 points in 39 games. On top of his 3 goals and 14 assists, the smooth skating defender had the highest plus/minus in the league, picking up a +44 rating. In the U18 World Junior Tournament, Ekman-Larsson played on the top defense pairing and picked up 2 goals and 6 assists in 6 games. Ekman-Larsson’s successful season and almost endless potential paid off as he was selected 6th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) in the 2009 NHL Draft.
2009-10: Ekman-Larsson continued his hockey career with Leksands IF(Swe-2). In 52 games with the Swedish club he scored 11 goals and picked up 22 assists. On top of his 33 points, Ekman-Larsson also increased his penalty minutes from 38 to 106. Ekman-Larsson once again represented Sweden, this time at the U20 level, at the World Junior Championships. He finished with 2 goals and 3 assists in 6 games. Ekman-Larsson signed an entry-level deal with the Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) on May 24th, 2010.
Blessed with a highly gifted skill-set, Ekman-Larsson has all the tools of a future all-star defenseman. He is a tremendous skater who gets around the ice effortlessly and possesses the ability to create plays with the puck on his stick in any position thanks to his incredible mobility. He is also extremely poised with and without the puck, and never panics due to a high hockey IQ and strong overall hockey sense.
Defensively, Ekman-Larsson plays a safe game utilizing his good stick-work and poke-checking ability. Although his style does not require him to be overly physical, he does need to add strength and concentrate on becoming more of a confident defender in his own end.
Smooth-skating, all-around rear-guard has the potential to play on the top pair as well as possessing all-star calibre talent. Having already played nearly half a season in the NHL, Ekman-Larsson appears on his way to enjoying a long National Hockey League career.