Off the Post: Arizona Falls To Flyers, Coyotes Post Game Comments – On Thursday evening, the Arizona Coyotes fell to the Philadelphia Flyers in a 5-4 overtime loss. Arizona entered the third period with a 4-2 lead, and ended up surrendering two goals in the third, and one in overtime. After the game, left wing Lawson Crouse and defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson spoke with Russ Cohen.
Lawson Crouse, Left Wing – Arizona Coyotes
Lawson Crouse was born in Mount Brydges, Ontario. He was drafted by the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL in the first round with the fifth overall pick. Crouse appeared in his first OHL game in September, 2013 and scored his first career goal in that game. He played in 63 games that season and scored 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists). The next season, he scored his first OHL hat trick on November 28th, 2014 against the Kitchener Rangers. That year, he played in 56 games and scored 29 goals and 51 points overall.
Crouse was drafted with the eleventh overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers. He was assigned back to his OHL squad at the beginning of the season, and made his way to the Panthers’ AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates. In two games with Portland, he was held off the scoresheet. During the 2016 offseason, Crouse was traded to the Coyotes for draft picks in 2017 & 2018. After an impressive pre-season, he earned a spot on the Coyotes regular season roster. He made his NHL debut on October 15th, 2016. He would score his first NHL goal in a win against the Sharks on November 1st, 2016. Crouse’s rookie cards appear in 2016-17 Upper Deck Hockey products.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Defenseman – Arizona Coyotes
Oliver Ekman-Larsson was born in Karlskrona, Sweden. He started his hockey career with the Tingsryds AIF hockey club of the HockeyAllsvenskan in 2007-08 when he was 16. That season, he scored eight points in 27 games. He moved on to Leksands IF and scored 44 points over the course of 81 games.
At the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Arizona (Phoenix at the time) selected Ekman-Larsson with the sixth overall pick. He would finish his season with Leksands IF and joined the Coyotes in the 2010-11 season. He scored his first career NHL point with an assist on October 23rd, 2018, and scored his first career goal on January 17th, 2011. Ekman-Larsson’s rookie cards can be found among Upper Deck’s 2010-11 hockey catalog of trading cards products. His rookie season came when Panini also held an NHL hockey card license. You can find his rookie cards among their 2010-11 hockey products.
Over the last four seasons, Ekman-Larsson has become a top defenseman in the NHL. The Coyotes signed him to an eight year contract extension in July 2018 and named him captain of the team. He has the most game-winning goals by a defenseman in a single NHL season with eight. He’s the first Swedish-born defensemen in NHL history to score more than 20 goals in a single season. So far this year, he has scored 11 points in 16 games (two goals and nine assists).
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