Oliver Ekman-Larsson can no longer wait to rep to work with the Vancouver Canucks.
The 30-year-oldschool defenseman used to be traded to the Canucks with forward Conor Garland by the Arizona Coyotes on Friday for forwards Loui Eriksson, Jay Beagle and Antoine Roussel, the No. 9 rating in the 2021 NHL Draft, a 2nd-round rating in the 2022 NHL Draft, and a seventh-round rating in the 2023 NHL Draft.
“I factual are desperate to rep started beautiful now, to be correct with you,” Ekman-Larsson stated Saturday from Sweden. “I factual need the summer time to be over and to pass to Vancouver. I am sizable desirous about the original originate and the coaching workers, it appears sizable, and the total organization appears sizable. So I am sizable angry to be an component of it.”
Ekman-Larsson conducted 11 NHL seasons, alongside side the final three as captain, for the Coyotes, who selected him with the No. 6 rating in the 2009 NHL Draft. But he stated he used to be prepared for a alternate of surroundings after alternate rumors shrouded him for a ways of the previous season and views the Canucks as a team on the rise that he can motivate turn into a Stanley Cup contender.
Even supposing Vancouver (23-29-4) done final in the seven-team Scotia North Division, lacking the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons, Ekman stated he sees their possible with young gamers alongside side forwards Elias Pettersson, 22 and Brock Boeser, 24; defenseman Quinn Hughes, 21; and goalie Thatcher Demko, 25.
“That’s why I set them on my checklist and wanted to advance assist right here,” Ekman-Larsson stated. “I mediate they have a young community of fellows which are wonderful gamers which are prepared to be superstars and steal on this league, and that is the reason what I are desperate to attain. I are desperate to be in a position to motivate young guys and I are desperate to be on a successful team. I have not been doing different successful, and or no longer it is unhappy, but with a exiguous bit of luck I will alternate that right here in Vancouver and be piece of a successful culture.”
The Canucks are looking out on that after giving up a truthful piece of their future in phrases of draft picks to waste Ekman-Larsson and Garland. Arizona selected forward Dylan Guenther at No. 9.
“We did no longer steal lightly transferring that ninth rating overall in the draft,” Canucks overall manager Jim Benning stated. “That used to be a laborious decision to create, but we factual regarded at the entirety that shall we live by doing [the trade], and so we decided as a hockey ops community to jog forward and attain it. … But piece of this total reasoning is that we obtained to steal the subsequent step as a team, and now we have gotten to create our team better going into next season.”
There would possibly be some peril eager, namely with Ekman-Larsson having six seasons closing on the eight-year contract he signed with Arizona on July 1, 2018.
Ekman-Larsson admits he did no longer play wisely sufficient this season, when he scored 24 aspects (three targets, 21 assists) in 46 video games and tied forward Phil Kessel for worst on the Coyotes with a minus-17 rating. Ekman-Larsson acknowledged that his play has dropped off the previous four seasons but stated he has been working laborious to rep assist to the stage he used to be at when he used to be selected to play in the NHL All-Smartly-known person Game in 2015 and 2018.
“I mediate I am easy young and I easy have different hockey in me,” Ekman-Larsson stated. “I’ve extra or less been working out a exiguous bit of bit extra and a exiguous bit of bit smarter. I essentially feel relish that’s been helping me loads. I felt that I’ve been struggling over the final four years. Earlier than that, I was going sizable, and you constantly buckle down and do instances relish that in a prolonged profession, but it certainly’s the manner that you just rep out of it and the manner that you just be taught from it, and I essentially feel relish I’ve been doing that.”
Used Canucks forward Daniel Sedin, who rejoined the organization with twin brother Henrik Sedin as a different adviser to the GM on June 22, stated he believes Ekman-Larsson can procure his produce partly on account of his perspective.
“He took stout responsibility for the final couple of years, and that is the reason what you wish have in a participant too,” Sedin steered Sportsnet 650 radio in Vancouver on Saturday. “There used to be no blame, took it on himself, and he’ll rep a original originate right here. We all know he’s angry to advance assist right here. He loves the rigidity of being the man, and I mediate he’s up for the difficulty.
“He’s obtained loads (to present). I mediate he plays an overall incredible sport. He’ll rupture penalties, he is on the total a bodily, he’ll be just correct on our vitality play, and the main thing for me is he’s skilled, he’s a frontrunner. He’ll be so just correct with Quinn and [defenseman Jack] Rathbone I mediate, instructing them be skilled.”
Ekman-Larsson stated he has sizable appreciate for the Sedins from having conducted with them on Sweden’s nationwide team, and their return to Vancouver is factual one more reason he believes the Canucks are headed in the beautiful route.
He stated he’s furthermore taking a gape forward to working with coach Travis Inexperienced and assistant Brad Shaw, who used to be employed June 9 to oversee their protection.
“I know that I am a truthful participant. I know that I will play top minutes on this league,” Ekman-Larsson stated. “So or no longer it is factual a matter of getting assist to that. I’ve been working out loads the final couple years to rep assist to that, and I essentially feel chuffed that I will seemingly be in a position to motivate the Canucks out loads.”