GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 14: Zbynek Michalek #4, Oliver Ekman-Larsson #23 and goaltender Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes stand attended for the National Anthem before the NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Jobing.com Arena on December 14, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
He is, in my opinion, one of the best defensemen in the NHL and continuing to grow. I think his game, from an offensive standpoint, he continues to drive our offense... I think there's still tremendous upside for Oliver.
— Coyotes GM Don Maloney on defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson