ATLANTA - OCTOBER 3: Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the Atlanta Thrashers is congratulated by teammates after scoring a first period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Philips Arena on October 3, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/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