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Phoenix Coyotes sign young defenceman Oliver-Ekman Larsson to 6-year deal

Friday, 03.15.2013 / 9:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Phoenix Coyotes have signed defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson to a new six-year contract.

General manager Don Maloney announced the long-term deal Friday, but didn't disclose financial details.

The Coyotes are in Columbus to play the Blue Jackets on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Ekman-Larsson has three goals and 14 assists in 27 games this season and leads the Coyotes in ice time at 25:07 per game.

Last season, Ekman-Larsson career highs with 13 goals and 19 assists. He was one of six Phoenix players to play in all 82 regular-season games and ranked second on the team with 92 blocked shots.

The Swede was a first-round pick of the Coyotes in the 2009 draft at No. 6 overall.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery