SAINT PAUL, MN - MARCH 31: James Sheppard #51 of the Minnesota Wild posts up in front of the net against Mattias Ohlund #2 the Vancouver Canucks during the game at the Xcel Energy Center on March 31, 2009 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via 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