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Take notice of Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Swedish star just one of those elite players who don't come around very often

Updated: December 20, 2013, 3:24 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

TORONTO -- As we sat down for an interview Wednesday afternoon, Oliver Ekman-Larsson's eyes lit up when he was told an all-time great had been eyeing him.

The message was from Nick Lidstrom, who was kindly responding to a question this week from ESPN.com about his 22-year-old Swedish countryman, Ekman-Larsson.

"Can I read it?" Ekman-Larsson asked.

Well, of course.

And here's what he read:

"I think Oliver is starting to establish himself as an elite defenseman ...

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