Merchandise bearing Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s initials has slowly worked its way around the team’s locker room, but not even a hat or a T-shirt has landed in winger Lauri Korpikoski’s possession.

“No, he hasn’t given me anything yet,” Korpikoski said. “He doesn’t want to give me anything. I don’t know if they’re going to expand to Finland, but it looks nice.”

For nearly two years, Ekman-Larsson has been a budding fashion entrepreneur with an apparel line called OEL of Sweden. Three friends from school presented the idea to Ekman-Larsson, and he was intrigued.

“I like clothes and stuff, so it was fun actually when they asked me to do it with them,” Ekman-Larsson said.

Who knew the Coyotes’ premier defenseman had an interest in sketches and fabric? But it’s becoming clear that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Ekman-Larsson — both on and off the ice.

The quiet, scrawny 22-year-old continues to be an important combination of shut-down defenseman and offensive spark plug for the Coyotes. This season, he’s asserted both with more confidence, flair and physicality.

Because of that, the Winter Olympics in Sochi — Ekman-Larsson’s first on behalf of Sweden — could be his next step of validation as one of the game’s better players, not just in the NHL but in the world.

“I don’t know,” Ekman-Larsson said. “But, I mean, the best players are there. It’s going to be a big focus on the games. I’m just going to have to step up my game a little bit and take it to the next level.

“It’s going to be fun, and I’m going to try to enjoy it while I’m there.”

Sweden has arguably the best blue line at the Olympics, and Ekman-Larsson could realistically land on its top defensive pairing. And it wouldn’t be a bad decision.