Traded to Los Angeles by Philadelphia for Los Angeles' 4th round choice (Yves Guillemette) in 1977 Amateur Draft and 2nd round choice (later traded to Colorado Colorado selected Merlin Malinowski) in 1978 Amateur Draft, September 29, 1976. Traded to Pittsburgh by Los Angeles with Gene Carr and Los Angeles' 4th round choice (Shane Pearsall) in 1978 Amateur Draft for Hartland Monahan and Syl Apps Jr., November 2, 1977. Traded to Buffalo by Pittsburgh for Gary McAdam, February 6, 1979.
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