Oliver Ekman-Larsson
D ARI
1 month ago

Ekman-Larsson scored on the power play and set up a shorthanded goal Thursday in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Flyers.

EDGE Analysis

Since the Coyotes got themselves started again, Ekman-Larsson has stepped up his game. Five of his ten points this season have come in the past four contests, and it seems clear he's put his struggles behind him. He's now worth a serious look in many formats.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson
D ARI
1 month ago

Ekman-Larsson scored his first goal of the season Tuesday, helping his side to a 5-1 win over Ottawa.

EDGE Analysis

This is a big first step for Ekman-Larsson in 2018, as offense had been lacking for the Coyotes prior to the past few contests. After 12 goals in the past two games, however, things are back on track in Arizona, which could open the door for Ekman-Larsson to produce,

Oliver Ekman-Larsson
D ARI
2 months ago

Ekman-Larsson tallied three assists in Saturday's 5-3 loss to Winnipeg.

EDGE Analysis

He now has four assists in seven games. Ekman-Larsson has a 55-point season (2015-16), but his totals have dropped to 39 and 42 points in his last two years, respectively. The bright spot? After racking up a combined minus-53 in the last two years, he entered Saturday at just minus-1. The team is tightening things up. They just need to score more. OEL's fantasy owners have suffered miserably with the lack of offence generated in the desert.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson
D ARI
2 months ago

Ekman-Larsson ranks sixth in the league in average ice time.

EDGE Analysis

Entering play Tuesday, Ekman-Larsson was logging 26:01 per night, just over two minutes more than his average from last season. Still, the dynamic defenseman remains without a point through two games, but owners need not worry as Ekman-Larsson is sure to break out in the near future.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson
D ARI
3 months ago

Ekman-Larsson will serve as the Coyotes' team captain for the 2018-19 campaign, Sirius XM NHL Radio reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ekman-Larsson seems like an obvious choice as a longtime Coyote on a relatively young squad. He hasn't fared well in terms of rating each of the last two seasons, posting a minus-28 mark last year to follow minus-25 in 2016-17. However, the blueliner has also racked up 48 points -- 14 goals and 28 assists -- which were only bettered three forwards on the team last season, and he figures to be a key cog for the team again in 2018-19.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson
D ARI
6 months ago

Ekman-Larsson has reportedly agreed to sign an eight-year, $64 million contract extension with Arizona, per Darren Dreger of TSN.

EDGE Analysis

The window for extending a player under contract doesn't open for Ekman-Larsson until the league year turns over, however, it is expected that the blueliner will officially put pen to paper July 1. There was some concern in the desert that the 26-year-old would turn down the offer, which would likely have led the club to consider trading him ahead of the 2018 NHL Draft. Considering the Yotes were nearly $23 million under the cap last year, they can certainly afford to give Ekman-Larsson a sizable pay raise -- especially with the cap expected to jump to $78-82 million.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson
D ARI
6 months ago

Coyotes GM John Chayka is committed to retaining Ekman-Larrson and the team is currently discussing a long-term contract extension for the defenseman, NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Chayka isn't holding back his feelings about OEL and wants to build around him. "We've been very clear that we're willing to do whatever we possibly can to have him come back, and [we] think he's a heck of a defenseman, heck of a player, heck of a person," the Coyotes boss said at the 2018 NHL Scouting Combine. Ekman-Larsson registered 14 goals and 28 assists to complement 15 power-play points last season, but it's been tough to look past his own-zone struggles based on the mobile rearguard's cumulative minus-53 rating since the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson
D ARI
8 months ago

Ekman-Larsson will represent Sweden at the 2018 IIHF World Championship that runs May 4-20 in Denmark.

EDGE Analysis

While the 26-year-old posted a minus-28 rating on a team chock full of less experienced players, OEL did nothing to dent his reputation as a premier offensive weapon from the Coyotes blue line, as he notched 14 goals and 28 assists over a full season in 2017-18. He's also a mainstay on the man advantage, having reached double-digit point totals in that spot in each of the past five seasons, so consider targeting 2009's sixth overall draft pick in the early-to-middle rounds of fantasy drafts this fall.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson
D ARI
9 months ago

Ekman-Larsson scored the game-winner and an insurance marker in a 5-2 win over Calgary on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Ekman-Larsson got an opportunity after the Flames had to pull Mike Smith for the extra man, and he took advantage of it with an empty-netter to go with his game-winner. They all count the same in fantasy, though, and the suddenly hot Ekman-Larsson now has five goals in March. He's closing the year strong and should be in your lineup to take advantage of this late outburst.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson
D ARI
9 months ago

Ekman-Larsson was fined $5,000 on Saturday for slashing Sven Andrighetto.

EDGE Analysis

Five grand is the maximum fine allowed under the CBA, so Ekman-Larsson is having to pay a pretty penny for his transgression. However, the key here for fantasy players is that he wasn't suspended for his act. That means the Swede will be in action Sunday against the Canucks.