Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s Arizona Coyotes career: By the numbers

Jul 23, 2021, 4:06 PM | Updated: 7:47 pm
Oliver Ekman-Larsson #23 of the Arizona Coyotes during the NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings a...
Oliver Ekman-Larsson #23 of the Arizona Coyotes during the NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at Gila River Arena on May 05, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Kings defeated the Coyotes 4-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Coyotes traded captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson to the Vancouver Canucks Friday, as first reported by 98.7 FM’s John Gambadoro. The Coyotes went 24-26-6 last season, and the team’s offseason moves indicate that a rebuild is potentially under way.

Ekman-Larsson was the Coyotes captain but had not had the productive seasons recently that the Coyotes had hoped for since he was drafted sixth overall in 2009. His departure ends a long-running trend of the defenseman being a part of trade rumors.

He leaves the Coyotes as one of their most important players of the last decade. Here’s a look at his career, by the numbers:


Ekman-Larsson ranks fourth in all time games played at 769 games played only behind Thomas Steen, Teppo Numminen and Shane Doan, who doubled Ekman-Larsson with 1,540 games played.


The Coyotes would often use Ekman-Larsson in advantageous positions, as he ranked sixth all-time in power play goals with 55 total. Another category that is led by Shane Doan with 128.


There were three players that were a captain of the Coyotes before Ekman-Larsson; Keith Tkachuk (1996-01), Teppo Numminen (2001-03) and Shane Doan (2003-17.)


When Ekman-Larsson was in his prime as one of the best defensemen in hockey, he registered at least 40 points in five of his six seasons from 2013-19.


Ekman-Larsson ranks seventh all-time in assists with 260, averaging an assist less than every three games.


Included in that offensive firepower was Ekman-Larsson’s goal scoring. He recorded over 20 in two of those seasons, 23 in the 2014-15 season and 21 the year after.


And both of those years included double-digit goal totals on the power play. The 2014-15 year was 10, followed by 12 in 2015-16.


Even as a defenseman, Ekman-Larsson’s 388 career points rank eighth in franchise history.


Despite Ekman-Larsson playing on some winning teams, his matchups often against the opponent’s best players hurt his plus-minus. His highest ever plus-minus was plus-five in the 2012-13 season when he was just 21 years old. He has been in the negatives for eight of his 11 seasons.


Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Coyotes

Arizona Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong and assistant general manager John Ferguson (Screens...
Kellan Olson

New Coyotes assistant GM attracted to team’s vision, long-term upside

The Arizona Coyotes are in a full-fledged rebuild, and the commitment to that vision excites new assistant GM John Ferguson.
2 days ago
The NHL logo displayed behind a hockey net during intermission between the Montreal Canadiens and t...
Associated Press

NHL expects 98% of players to be vaccinated before season

The NHL estimates 98% of players will be vaccinated on the league's 32 teams across North America.
2 days ago
Executive Director of Player Personnel John Ferguson Jr. attends the 2014 NHL Entry Draft at Wells ...
Sam Graveline

Coyotes name John Ferguson assistant GM, GM of Tucson Roadrunners

Arizona Coyotes GM Bill Armstrong named John Ferguson assistant General Manager and General Manager of the Tucson Roadrunners on Wednesday.
2 days ago
Sam Graveline

Coyotes to play in ‘Kraft Hockeyville’ preseason game in El Paso

The Coyotes are heading to El Paso, Texas, to take on the Dallas Stars in a preseason game on Oct. 3 as a part of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2020.
3 days ago
Ottawa 67's Associate Coach Mario Duhamel talks to the media after Ontario Hockey League action bet...
Tom Kuebel

Coyotes add Mario Duhamel, confirm 3 others to 2021-22 coaching staff

The Coyotes announced the hiring of new assistant coach Mario Duhamel and the return three other assistant coaches.
5 days ago
Photo by
Associated Press

Tech data shows Arizona’s busy sports gambling activity

"Arizona ... had more wagered online than mature states like Michigan, Colorado and Tennessee at the FanDuel Sportsbook,” a spokesman said.
5 days ago
Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s Arizona Coyotes career: By the numbers