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Mattias Ekholm | Defenseman

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 204
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Mattias Ekholm dressed Sunday after he was a healthy scratch for Nashville's previous three contests.
The Predators dressed seven defensemen against Edmonton because of injuries to Matt Cullen and Viktor Stalberg. Ekholm, who lined up as a forward, ended up logging just 1:15 of ice time in the team's 5-1 loss. Jan 27 - 11:41 AM

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Nashville Predators reassign Mattias Ekholm to AHL Milwaukee.

Ekholm played just one game after being recalled. He was demoted along with Austin Watson and Daniel Bang on Tuesday.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 04:40:00 PM

Mattias Ekholm is projected to make his season debut on Monday.

When Ekholm last played for the Predators in 2011, coach Barry Trotz said Ekholm was "horrible." However, Trotz thinks he'll be much better this time around.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 02:02:00 PM

Mattias Ekholm has an excellent chance to crack into the Nashville lineup once the lockout is over.

Ekholm was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 Draft and came over to North America last season but struggled. He had an out in his contract stating that he could return to his Swedish team if he failed to make the Predators and after giving Ekholm an opportunity to play two games with Nashville, it was clear he wasn't ready and was returned to Sweden where he was the Borje Salming winner as the SEL's top rearguard. He looks ready now and while his play in his own end needs work, his offensive skills are NHL ready. "His biggest issues do not surround the offensive zone. His instincts moving the puck are tremendous," coach Dean Evason said. "His challenges are in the defensive zone. He mentioned to us he thinks in the defensive zone whereas he reacts in the offensive zone."
Mon, Dec 10, 2012 06:33:00 AM

Mattias Ekholm registered a goal in Milwaukee's 3-2 triumph over Grand Rapids on Sunday.

Ekholm is a promising defenseman with good offensive instincts. He has 10 points in 18 games this year. Jonathon Blum had an assist.
Sun, Nov 25, 2012 08:47:00 PM

Mattias Ekholm is projected to play the 2012-13 season in North American after he was returned to the Swedish Elite League last year following a brief introduction to the NHL.

He wasn't ready for the pro game at the time, but the Predators are still high on his ability. "I can't wait to get him over here and get into our system and play in North America," said Nashville GM David Poile said. "I know he's going to be a good NHL player in time." Ekholm plans to play with the Predators or with their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.
Thu, Jun 28, 2012 02:15:00 PM

The Predators returned Mattias Ekholm to Brynas of the Swedish Elite League for the balance of the season.

The Preds are still high on Ekholm, but he clearly wasn't ready to challenge for a roster spot in the NHL. "It became clear he wasn’t ready for the NHL," Preds' coach Barry Trotz said. "He’s going to be a really good prospect for us, but you have to be able to produce. The NHL is about winning; it’s not about developing players a whole lot. It’s about winning, and he has some development to do." Ekholm is not worth keeping in a reserve slot for 2012-13.
Sun, Oct 23, 2011 11:48:00 AM

Coach Barry Trotz was a lot nicer in his comments about rookie defenseman Mattias Ekholm on Friday.

Trotz stated after Thursday's game that Ekholm was horrible but eased up on Friday. "He's going to be a really good player, let's get that straight," Trotz said. "He's not a bad defenseman, he's going to be a real good one, but he has to learn the North American game and adjust." Ekholm had 10 goals and 33 points in 55 games in the Swedish Elite League, which is one of the top two leagues in Europe. Don't be surprised if Ekholm spends some time in the minors acclimating himself to the North American game.
Sat, Oct 22, 2011 08:42:00 AM

Coach Barry Trotz was not at all pleased with the game defenseman Mattias Ekholm played on Thursday.

"I thought he was horrible, absolutely horrible," Trotz said. Well, that's not mincing words. He had 10 goals and 33 points in 55 Swedish Elite League games last season so he was given a shot to play in the NHL. We would be surprised if Ekholm is not sent to the minors after Trotz's comments.
Fri, Oct 21, 2011 10:58:00 AM

Mattias Ekholm might make his NHL debut on Thursday.

Ekholm was a healthy scratch on Friday and the flu prevented him from playing on Saturday. He had 10 goals and 33 points in 55 Swedish Elite League games last season.
Thu, Oct 13, 2011 10:09:00 AM

Mattias Ekholm has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Nashville Predators.

He was named the 2010-11 Elitserien rookie of the year after producing 10 goals and 33 points in 55 games with Brynas IF in the Swedish Elite League. The Predators snagged him with a fourth-round pick, 102nd overall, in the 2009 draft.
Thu, May 12, 2011 04:56:00 PM

Depth Charts

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PosRoleName
C1Mike Fisher
2Colin Wilson
3Paul Gaustad
4Mark Van Guilder
LW1Matt Cullen
2Viktor Stalberg
3Gabriel Bourque
4Nick Spaling
5Simon Moser
RW1Patric Hornqvist
2Craig Smith
3Eric Nystrom
4Richard Clune
5Patrick Eaves
D1Shea Weber
2Roman Josi
3Seth Jones
4Michael Del Zotto
5Mattias Ekholm
6Ryan Ellis
7Victor Bartley
G1Pekka Rinne
2Carter Hutton