GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Lost in the hysteria of the Game 1 WhiteOut, a blown late lead and Martin Hanzals overtime dramatics was that fact that 20-year-old defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson logged a game-high 31 minutes, 14 seconds of ice time. For those doing the math, yes, thats darn near half of Thursdays 69-plus-minute game.
I felt pretty good, Ekman-Larsson said. I played with a lot of confidence out there. I just played my game.
Not many outside the Phoenix market and NHL circles know Ekman-Larssons name, but they will. Between his fluid, long strides, his top-notch stick skills, his poise, his instincts and his acumen at both ends of the rink, OEL is well on his way to becoming the Coyotes top blue-liner.
That kid is limitless, defenseman Adrian Aucoin said. Hes just so smooth out there, so smart. Hes the total package.
Ekman-Larsson has been logging heavy minutes over the latter half of the season, and the nine-plus minutes of overtime added to his total on Thursday, but he sti...