SAINT PAUL, MN - APRIL 10: Niklas Backstrom #32 of the Minnesota Wild watches the puck as it narrowly misses the net against the Nashville Predators during the game at the Xcel Energy Center on April 10, 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