BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 17: Maxim Afinogenov #61 of the Atlanta Thrashers captures the attention of Buffalo fans in warmups as he returns to play his former team, the Buffalo Sabres, on October 17, 2009 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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