Ekman-Larsson scored on the power play and set up a shorthanded goal Thursday in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Flyers. Ekman-Larsson has stepped up his game. Five of his 10 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.
Ekman-Larsson scored his first goal of the season Tuesday, helping his side to a 5-1 win over Ottawa. 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.
Ekman-Larsson tallied three assists in Saturday's 5-3 loss to Winnipeg. He now has four assists in seven games. Ekman-Larsson has a 55-point season (2015-16) under his belt, 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 rating 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.
Ekman-Larsson will serve as the Coyotes' team captain for the 2018-19 campaign, Sirius XM NHL Radio reports. 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 also racked up 42 points -- 14 goals and 28 assists -- which were only bettered by three forwards on the team last season, and he figures to be a key cog for the team again in 2018-19.
Ekman-Larsson has reportedly agreed to sign an eight-year, $64 million contract extension with Arizona, per Darren Dreger of TSN. 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.
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