Traded to California by St. Louis for Larry Patey and California's 3rd round choice (later traded back to California California/Cleveland selected Reg Kerr) in 1977 Amateur Draft, November 24, 1975. Transferred to Cleveland after California franchise relocated, August 26, 1976. Traded to NY Islanders by Cleveland with Darcy Regier and Cleveland's 4th round choice (draft choice cancelled by the Cleveland-Minnesota merger) in 1978 Amateur Draft for J. P. Parise and Jean Potvin, January 10, 1978.
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