Oliver Ekman-Larsson D PHO 5 Months

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a goal in Phoenix's 4-3 overtime loss on Tuesday.

Ekman-Larsson has two goals and three points in his last two games. That brings him up to 15 goals and 29 assists in 77 contests in 2013-14.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson D PHO 6 Months

Oliver Ekman-Larsson registered his 13th goal of the season Monday, but the Coyotes dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Rangers.

His 13th tally ties his career-high, set in the 2011-12 season, and gets him to the 40-point mark for the first time as an NHLer. Jeff Halpern and Kyle Chipchura also scored for the Desert Dogs in the defeat.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson D PHO 6 Months

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a goal for Phoenix in Saturday's 4-2 loss to Boston.

With 27 assists and 39 points on the season, Ekman-Larsson has already established career bests while his 12 goals are one shy of the 13 he amassed in the 2011-12 campaign. Shane Doan also found the back of the net for Phoenix in the losing effort.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson D PHO 7 Months

Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a goal and an assist in Phoenix's 5-2 win on Thursday.

That puts Ekman-Larsson is a three-way tie for 17th place among defenseman in the scoring race. He has 10 goals and 34 points in 61 games this season.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson D PHO 7 Months

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored goal in Phoenix's 3-2 shootout loss on Thursday.

With that, Ekman-Larsson has reached the 30-point mark for the second time in three seasons. He should also exceed his single season career-high of 32 points in the not too distant future.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson D PHO 7 Months

Oliver Ekman-Larsson was benched for the entirety of Sweden's 2-1 semifinal win over Finland on Friday.

It's really hard to fathom why Swedish coach Per Marts has such a distaste for the young, talented defenseman. Marts also left Ekman-Larsson off of his 2009 World Juniors team. Ekman-Larsson is Phoenix's go-to blueliner, averaging 25:41 of ice time per game with 29 points in 56 games. But in the Olympics, he's averaged just over 10 minutes per game in the Olympics. Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya, Niklas Kronwall, Erik Karlsson and even Jonathan Ericsson are above Ekman-Larsson in the depth chart, though the 22 year-old has managed to tally three points in his limited ice time in Sochi.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson D PHO 8 Months

Oliver Ekman-Larsson is adding a new element to his game: chippiness.

The ultra-talented defenseman is only 22 and has multiple Norris Trophies in his future if he is not hurt by an Eastern bias. He played amazingly well against the Penguins on Saturday, shutting down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Opponents have tried to be more aggressive with Ekman-Larsson but he is not backing down. "I think maybe they're frustrated by him because he's so good," coach Dave Tippett said. "And it's not just with the puck. He defends very well. When you're a guy trying to have success against a guy and it's not happening, it's a little frustrating." OEL has eight goals and 29 points this season and is averaging 25:36 minutes of ice time per game.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson D PHO 8 Months

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored two goals and the Coyotes opened a five-game homestand by beating the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 Tuesday night.

It was his first points in his last six games. He now has eight goals and 20 assists in 51 games this season. Antoine Vermette also scored for the Coyotes and he now has seven goals in his past seven games and four in the past two. Lauri Korpikoski extended his point streak to a career-high five games with an assist, while Mikkel Boedker added two helpers in the victory.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson D PHO 8 Months

Oliver Ekman-Larsson is on a four-game point streak.

Ekman-Larsson had an assist in Phoenix's 1-0 win over Vancouver on Thursday. He has six goals and 26 points in 45 contests in 2013-14.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson D PHO 8 Months

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the only goal for the Coyotes in a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of the Jets Monday.

Last year was believed by many to be his true breakout season, but the Swedish blue liner has taken another step forward in 2013-14, having now amassed 24 points in 43 games. Mikkel Boedker and Shane Doan drew assists on the power play marker.