New Vancouver Canucks acquisition Oliver Ekman-Larsson answers question from media | The Province

The acceptable part of having a problem is admitting you have one.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson knows he hasn’t been good enough for a number of years in a National Hockey League career spanning 11 seasons and 769 games in the desert. To his credit, he isn’t stickhandling around the shortcomings or the polarizing public perception that his best days may be in the rear-view mirror.

He vows to return to a higher and more consistent performance level after being acquired by the Vancouver Canucks in a blockbuster trade Friday. Thats great, but it’s not going to be easy.

As a projected top-pairing defender, who will see plenty of Pacific Division matchups against the dynamic duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, he needs to turn back the competitive clock. Five years ago, he was good with and without the puck and merited Norris Trophy consideration.

Now, it’s fair wonder. What’s left in the tank of the sixth-overall selection in the 2009 draft?



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