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NHL.com: Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson among early Norris finalists

Phoenix Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23), of Sweden, checks Dallas Stars' Matt Fraser (25) to the ice in the third period during an NHL hockey game on Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes defeated the Stars 2-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Phoenix Coyotes may soon be able to boast a Norris Trophy-winning defenseman in their lineup.

According to NHL.com, Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is currently among the favorites to be a finalist for the annual award given to the best D-man in the league.

Ekman-Larsson has been on the ice for 26 Coyotes goals at even strength, which was the most of any player in the NHL at the end of the games Friday.

The 21-year-old Swede has posted three goals and 14 assists in 25 games this season for the 'Yotes. He leads the team in total points (17), plus-minus (+7) and time on ice per game (25:13).

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