TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 24: Goaltender Mike Smith #41 of the Tampa Bay Lightning stretches before start of the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the St. Pete Times Forum on October 24, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/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