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05-21-2010, 08:33 AM
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Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Hey guys coyotes fan here. I haven't been able to catch all the games, so if someone could let me know how OEL has looked, that would great. Thanks to all that reply.

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This has been asked and answered several times in the Swedish WHC thread. IMO he's been outstanding, one of the best players on the team. I can't recall him doing any big mistakes. He's delivered a few Lidströmesque passes, works hard everytime he's on the ice and been solid in the defensive zone.

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05-21-2010, 08:59 AM
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I can only agree with the previous poster.
He's been our best defenseman in this tournament. Some games he has been by far our best defenseman and when he hasnt he still plays good and rarely if never makes mistakes. Solid as solid can be and you couldnt tell he's a teenager from his play.

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05-21-2010, 09:22 AM
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I can only agree with the previous poster.
He's been our best defenseman in this tournament. Some games he has been by far our best defenseman and when he hasnt he still plays good and rarely if never makes mistakes. Solid as solid can be and you couldnt tell he's a teenager from his play.
This is something I still can't grap my finger around. He seems like a real mature player, despite his age, and it's displayed how he makes a lot of smart decisions on the ice, how he moves the puck etc. It's just those little things that catch my eye.

I think Sweden and the Phoenix Coyotes have found themselves a real gem.

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05-21-2010, 09:35 AM
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This is something I still can't grap my finger around. He seems like a real mature player, despite his age, and it's displayed how he makes a lot of smart decisions on the ice, how he moves the puck etc. It's just those little things that catch my eye.

I think Sweden and the Phoenix Coyotes have found themselves a real gem.
Decision making is one of his strong sides no doubt. He's offensive but never jumps on a rush just for the sake of it. Vision is the other.

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05-22-2010, 06:46 AM
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Not only is he a teenager.. He is a teenager playing in the second tier of sweden!

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He's been solid throughout the tournament. His skating is amazing. The one negative thing I've noticed though is he never takes any slap-shots from the blueline, always wristers. Those shots look pretty weak from time to time. That's one thing he needs to work on.

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Kind of reminds me of Tomas Kaberle.

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05-22-2010, 03:55 PM
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If he's been that good, does he have a chance to make the Olympics squad? That would be amazing but competition must be intense.

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Like some of the other posters have said. This kid is an out and out gem and IMO one of the best defensive prospects I've seen in a long time. Wait till he gets stronger, he'll be elite in every zone.

Love his backwards skating by the way. Best backwards crossovers since James Patrick.

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He's been solid throughout the tournament. His skating is amazing. The one negative thing I've noticed though is he never takes any slap-shots from the blueline, always wristers. Those shots look pretty weak from time to time. That's one thing he needs to work on.
Lol this is something I have been noticed as well. Dont know if it is because he have a poor slapper , but he has a really good wrister.

As other has said, he plays a posed an mature game and it is hard to find any real flaws in his game.

He often joins or leads the rush and go into the offensive zone, but he choses his moments and never get caught off guard.


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If he's been that good, does he have a chance to make the Olympics squad? That would be amazing but competition must be intense.
4 years until next Olympics mate. But he is currently Sweden's best D prospect in my eyes.

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He's quickly becoming one of my favourite prospects.

OEL is one of those defensemen who rarely makes a bad or mediocre deicision and he acts very calmly even under a lot of pressure, which means that he doesn't get caught. His skating is so smooth too, it's just a pleasure to watch.

It's interesting to see a lot of these young, promising swedish defensemen who are great with the puck, skilled puckmovers, but most of them have a tendency to overplay or make questionable decisions, but not Oliver and the kid is 18!

Very impressive.

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05-22-2010, 09:51 PM
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So Swedes, should the Coyotes let him go to Frolunda or keep him on the roster in the NHL next year?

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So Swedes, should the Coyotes let him go to Frolunda or keep him on the roster in the NHL next year?
Jovo-Z
Yandle-Dmo
OEL-Lepisto

Vandermeer

???

You can do a lot worse.

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If he's been that good, does he have a chance to make the Olympics squad? That would be amazing but competition must be intense.
In 4 years? I'd say he's got a decent shot but he's got some legit competition. Kronwall, Enstrom, Hedman, OEL, Edler, Karlsson, Hjalmarsson, Grossman, and Larsson will all be vying for a spot.

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If somehow the 'Yotes got Adam Larsson.

Larsson-Larsson FTW!

And from what I've been reading, he's the second coming of Lidstrom?

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Going to be as good as he has been hyped to be post draft.

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So Swedes, should the Coyotes let him go to Frolunda or keep him on the roster in the NHL next year?
Let him go to Frölunda.

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So Swedes, should the Coyotes let him go to Frolunda or keep him on the roster in the NHL next year?
Don't see why he should be wasting more time in Sweden. With some extra time in the gym this summer he'll be ready for top 4 duty on the Coyotes this fall.

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Sweden is going to have one hell of a defensive core in a few years with Larsson/Ekman-Larsson/Hedman, Kronwall as the veteran leader, and a bunch of other good players to fill out the lower pair.

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Jovo-Z
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You can do a lot worse.
I wouldn't let OEL play with Lepistö if you paid me.

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OEL has been Sweden's best defenseman throughout the tournament by quite a large margin.

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I wouldn't let OEL play with Lepistö if you paid me.
They'd be a very nice duo. Both are young and can take responsibility in both ends and skate well!

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I don't know if anyone will agree with me, but im thinking of Niedermayer-esque skating when i watch him. Effortless. Great in the defensive zone, quick to join the rushes, taking some initiative. I would be surprised if he isn't playing in the NHL this fall. Im dead serious.

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