Claimed by Vancouver from Detroit in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970. Loaned to Seattle (WHL) by Vancouver with Jim Wiste for the remainder of the 1970-71 season for Bobby Schmautz, February 9, 1971. Selected by LA Sharks (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Chicago (WHA) by LA Sharks (WHA) for cash, October, 1972. Traded to Vancouver (WHA) by Chicago (WHA) for cash, September, 1973.
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