Phoenix Coyotes Recall Oliver Ekman-Larsson From AHL Rampage

The Coyotes have brought up defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson for the third time this season.

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson Recalled From San Antonio

The rollercoaster of Oliver Ekman-Larsson's rookie year just keeps on going.  After playing 14 games with the Phoenix Coyotes, the Yotes sent him down to their AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.  That was followed by a brief one-game callup to cover for some injured Yotes.

However, on Tuesday the Coyotes announced that they have recalled the young defenseman again and he could see time on Thursday night against Minnesota.  

The call up may be more related to the play of the bottom line defensemen, David Schlemko and Nolan Yonkman, than it's related to injury.  Last time OEL saw a callup, Adrian Aucoin and Ed Jovanovski were struggling with various ailments.

Schlemko has struggled lately, finishing with a plus rating in just one of his last five contests.  Yonkman has served as more of a big body on the blue line, but his play hasn't been too effective.

We'll know whether or not Ekman-Larsson will be inserted into the lineup as we grow closer to Thursday, when the Coyotes host the Minnesota Wild at Jobing.com Arena.

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Coyotes Assign F Petr Prucha to San Antonio

Just a few days after sending defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson back to San Antonio, the Phoenix Coyotes have sent forward Petr Prucha to join him with the Rampage.

Prucha had spent the whole season in Phoenix, playing 11 games, while serving as a healthy scratch for 10 more.  He registered just one assist and four penalty minutes in those 11 games.

Phoenix general manager, Dan Maloney, attributed this move more to the health of the Coyotes than the performance of Prucha.  With little room for playing time, Maloney chose to make the move, noting that Prucha's confidence in puck handling is something that can be improved with a trip to San Antonio.

Prucha will join a rampage team that will play all three days of this Thanksgiving Day weekend, but Maloney doesn't expect him to be down there too long, explaining that he expects Prucha to be back in Phoenix at some point this season.

Meanwhile, the Coyotes will host the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday at Jobing.com Arena.

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Phoenix Coyotes Send Oliver Ekman-Larsson Back to San Antonio

Oliver Ekman-Larsson's second time around with the Phoenix Coyotes is ending much sooner than the first one did.  After playing in 14 games to open the season, Ekman-Larsson played just one game, adding an assist in the Coyotes' 5-0 against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

The initial thought following the game was that Ekman-Larsson could see more time after a solid performance that included that assist and a plus-1 rating, while logging almost 20 minutes of ice time.  However, a healthy defense meant that Ekman-Larsson was the odd man out.

Both Ed Jovanovski and Adrian Aucoin are both expected to return from their various ailments on Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks.  Jovo reportedly had a case of the flu, while Aucoin has missed Phoenix's last two games with a lower-body injury.  Pile their returns on top of the steady play of Nolan Yonkman and Sami Lepisto, and there just wasn't room for OEL on the blue line.

If there's a positive for Ekman-Larsson to take from this, it's that the Coyotes' top defenseman are old.  This kid has a bright future in the Coyotes organization, and there's little doubt that we'll see him up here again soon.

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Phoenix Coyotes Recall Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Send Kyle Turris to IR

The Phoenix Coyotes made a pair of changes to their roster on Tuesday, recalling defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson from San Antonio and sending forward Kyle Turris to the injured reserve list.

Ekman-Larsson opened the season with the Coyotes, playing in 14 games before being sent to San Antonio, the Coyotes' AHL affiliate.  The 19-year-old defenseman wasn't too effective, recording just three points before being sent down.

While it's no guarantee that Ekman-Larsson will see the ice, he could force someone like Sami Lepisto to the list of healthy scratches for Tuesday's contest with Edmonton.

Turris, 21, is headed to the IR with an upper-body injury, which he sustained on Friday against Edmonton, making this trip retroactive to the 19th.  He is considered week to week.

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