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Ekman-Larsson Selected by Team Foligno

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

COLUMBUS - Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson was selected by Team Foligno in the 15th round of the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft on Friday night at the Greater Columbus Civic Center.

"It was a good experience," Ekman-Larsson told "They told me before that I couldn't get picked last so that was a big relief. I had a great time in the back room so I didn't mind staying there a little longer."

Ekman-Larsson will be one of six defensemen on his team, which is captained by Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The others are Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Burns and Kevin Shattenkirk.

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Team Foligno gets to wear the black All-Star sweaters while Team Toews will wear white in Sunday's NHL All-Star Game.

"I like the black jersey because I don't like white gloves, so that fits me perfect," Ekman-Larsson said.

Ekman-Larsson will be one of 20 first-time participants in this year's NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Nationwide Arena. Like many, he enjoyed the TV broadcast of the Fantasy Draft and got a kick out of how Alexander Ovechkin lobbied to be the last pick so he could win a car. It didn't happen.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson at the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft on Friday night. 
Ekman-Larsson said he looks forward to what Ovechkin may have up his sleeve for the rest of the weekend.

"It's going to be fun to be around Ovechkin for two days and see what (else) he can bring to the table," he said.

Ekman-Larsson, 23, is attending the event co-leading the NHL’s defensemen in goal scoring. He and three others - Byfuglien, Erik Johnson and Dennis Wideman - have scored a League-high 12 goals this season. Ekman-Larsson also leads NHL defensemen with eight power-play goals and leads all NHL skaters with six game-winning goals.

Next up is the Skills Competition on Saturday night. Ekman-Larsson will learn which event he gets to participate in on Saturday morning.

"Hopefully I'm not going to skate around in laps," Ekman-Larsson said with a smile. "Other than that, I'm just going to do what they tell me to do."

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