Oliver Ekman-Larsson

#23 D / Arizona Coyotes / EXP: 7YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 200 lb Age: 26 College: None

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  • Ekman-Larsson scored a power-play goal on one of his team-high five shots in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss at Edmonton. Ekman-Larsson took advantage of an Edmonton penalty kill that came in tied with Calgary's for worst in the league at 73.8 percent. The Swedish defenseman has scored 77 goals since the start of the 2013-14 campaign, with 42 of those coming on the power play.

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  • Ekman-Larsson picked up two assists in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over the Senators. Finally -- a multi-point game. OEL had gone 21 games without putting up more than a single point in a game. Ekman-Larsson has struggled so far this season and was already minus-16 in those 21 games. But his current point pace puts him close to finishing with 50. That's a tough combination to juggle if plus/minus is an important stat in your league.

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  • Ekman-Larsson recorded six shots, three hits, four blocked shots and a minor penalty during Thursday's 5-4 win over Montreal. While the offense hasn't been pouring in, Ekman-Larsson has collected a respectable two goals, 11 points and 57 shots while averaging 25:16 of ice time per contest (3:51 on the power play) this season. However, his minus-16 rating is both a serious eyesore and a huge hindrance to his fantasy value. There's also little reason to expect improvement in the category.

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  • Ekman-Larsson will not miss any time after leaving Saturday's matchup with the Devils early, Dave Vest of the Coyotes' official site reports. Despite the early exit, Ekman-Larsson still logged 22:08 of ice time in Saturday's tilt. Fortunately for fantasy owners, the blueliner will not be sidelined against Philadelphia on Monday. Perhaps more concerning, with just one goal in 11 games, the Swede may fail to reach the 20-goal mark for the second consecutive season.

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  • Ekman-Larsson scored his first goal of the 2017-18 season in a 6-2 loss against the Bruins on Saturday. Scoring, though, is never the defenseman's problem. That would be keeping his plus-minus in check. Last season, he recorded a career-worst minus-25 rating in 79 games, and he's off to another very poor start in the category with a minus-9 mark through five games. Ekman-Larsson hasn't posted a positive plus-minus rating since 2012-13. With that in mind, owners should approach the 26-year-old with a degree of caution, even if he is one of the more offensively gifted defensemen in the league.

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