The Swedish-born Oliver Ekman-Larsson has a name like a law firm but he's way more offensive. The point-minded defenseman, the sixth overall pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, has scored 16 points in 21 career international games.
The Swedish-born Oliver Ekman-Larsson has a name like a law firm but he’s way more offensive. The point-minded defenseman, the sixth overall pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, has scored 16 points in 21 career international games.
He helped Sweden to bronze-medal finishes in both the 2010 World Junior Championships and World Championships, tallying eight points in 15 combined games.
Late last week, Panini America’s Alex Carbajal sat down with Ekman-Larsson for his first autographed signing with an NHL-licensed manufacturer. While he was there, Carbajal lobbed some life-or-death collecting questions the lanky Swede’s way.
The Knight’s Lance: Were you much of a card collector growing up?
Ekman-Larsson: Yeah, I have a few cards of Swedish guys playing in the NHL, like [Nicklas] Lidstrom, [Peter] Forsberg and [Mats] Sundin.
TKL: Are there any cards in particular that you looked for as a kid?
Ekman-Larsson: I wanted to have as many as possible. I still have my cards of Lidstrom and Forsberg.
TKL: Now that you’re an NHL player, is having your own trading card something you look forward to?
Ekman-Larsson: Yeah, of course. It’s fun to have your own trading card. It’s fun to have fans that want to collect them, too.
TKL: If there was one autographed card out there that you would want, which one would it be and why?
Ekman-Larsson: That’s a good question. There are a lot of good hockey players out there. Maybe Wayne Gretzky’s; he was a really good hockey player who scored a lot of goals and points.
TKL: For collectors out there who might be on the fence about who to collect this season, why should they collect you?
Ekman-Larsson: That’s a good question, too. I want to be the next Nik Lidstrom and try to be a good hockey player and be a superstar in the NHL.
TKL: Since you just got called up to the NHL, what’s the one thing that you want to do the most?
Ekman-Larsson: I just want to have fun every day. I love to play hockey. It’s fun to play hockey every day and have nice weather. Back in Phoenix it [the weather] couldn’t be better.