Few teams are worse than the Arizona Coyotes in the NHL standings right now. Arizona got off to one of the worst starts, through 15 games, of any team in league history. In fact, the Coyotes had only won one game in their first 14 contests of the season.
Yet, a bright spot from the Coyotes is star defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. With six goals and 19 points on the season, Ekman-Larsson is in consideration for another NHL All-Star Weekend appearance in 2018.
The Canes got a great game out of co-captain Justin Faulk in a 4-2 home win over the Buffalo Sabres on Dec. 23. Faulk needs to be good in the offensive zone for Carolina to be successful. However, bringing in a talent like Ekman-Larsson would curb that need.
While a player like Ekman-Larsson would take a lot to bring in, he would make an immediate difference. If the Canes are looking for a difference maker over the long-term, Ekman-Larsson is the guy. He would not just be a short term solution for the defensive group.