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Florida Panthers: Ekman-Larsson Leads Defense In Preseason Debut With Eklbad and Montour Out

Any Florida Panthers fans fretting having to begin the season without top defensemen Aaron Ekblad and Brandon Montour can breathe a sigh of relief after seeing Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s play in the preseason opener against the Nashville Predators.

Ekman-Larsson will need to be a driving force of offense amid Ekblad and Montour’s injury absences, and his three-assist performance in the Panthers’ preseason opener showed that he is up for the task.

Starting with a long stretch pass from the defensive zone up to Luostarinen at the blue line, Ekman-Larsson’s precision passing the puck directly leads to the scoring opportunity.