Geek of the Week – OEL

Terry Campkin

2015-09-13

Oliver Ekman-Larsson might be more valuable in fantasy leagues than you think.

Draft season is just around the corner, so it’s time to start getting some prep work done to make sure that you’re ready to take down a championship. Winning at the draft table is simple: You need to select players who will provide value that outperforms the position in which you picked them. This week, I am profiling a player who is virtually guaranteed to do just that in Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

OEL is highly regarded in NHL circles as one of the more talented defensemen in the league, but the real life perception hasn’t fully translated into fantasy perception. He is currently being drafted (on average) as the 88th overall player and 16th highest defenseman in Yahoo! leagues. As a guy who only scored 43 points last season toiling away in Arizona, you may think that this sounds about right…but you would be wrong. I ran last season’s full year statistics in Fantasy Hockey Geek and look how OEL ranked:

(12 team Yahoo! H2H league measuring G, A, PPP, SOG, Hits, W, Sv%, GAA, SO)

Rank

Player

G

A

SOG

PPP

HITS

14

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

23

20

264

20

167


OEL was the second most valuable defenseman in this league and the 14th most valuable player overall. This is incredible value for a guy who is currently being drafted later than TJ Oshie and To