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Mattias Ekholm | Defenseman | #14

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 4 (102) / NAS
Contract: view contract details

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The Nashville Predators have a group of defensemen that can move the puck and join the rush.
P.K. Subban, Mattias Ekholm, Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis make up the team's top four blue liners and each of those players is capable of moving the puck efficiently. "We’re that way," Ekholm said. "We still can defend, and we’re pretty solid at that, but our strength is carrying the puck up and wanting to go on the attack. … Maybe that’s what’s happening with a lot of the stay-at-home defensemen. The speed is too fast right now. All of the defensemen on this team can really defend and join the rush." There's no doubt that Nashville has one of the top groups of defensemen in the NHL right now. Oct 8 - 7:16 AM

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It looks as if the Mattias Ekholm and P.K. Subban partnership is off to a good start.

The two looked great togehter in the Preds'4-3 win over the Lightning Saturday night. Subban registered a goal and an assist but was less impressed with his performance than that of Ekholm, whom he called a "stud". Look for this to be a successful pairing in Nashville this season which could result in a boost to Ekholm's five-on-five scoring totals.
Oct 2 - 2:00 PM

Mattias Ekholm is projected to get a chance to play with P.K. Subban.

Predators coach Peter Laviolette could also use Subban with Roman Josi, which is where Shea Weber played. Nashville will probably play around with a few different combinations when training camp opens
Sep 22 - 8:59 AM

Mattias Ekholm will represent Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey.

He just played for Sweden at the World Championship after Nashville was eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He had one goal in two games at the tournament. Ekholm received the spot on the roster over John Klingberg and Hampus Lindholm.
May 27 - 2:08 PM

Mattias Ekholm has agreed to play for Sweden at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

He collected three goals and seven points in 14 playoff games for the Predators. During the regular season, Ekholm posted a personal best 35 points in 82 contests.
May 14 - 2:38 PM

Mattias Ekholm set up Mike Fisher's triple overtime winner during Thursday's Game 4 over San Jose.

After rushing back onto the ice in an effort to keep a matchup, Ekholm immediately jumped back into the play. He fired a shot on net that took Martin Jones out of position, which Fisher was able to slam home for the win. It was Ekholm's second assist of the game, giving him four this postseason and seven points.
May 6 - 2:36 AM

Mattias Ekholm is tied for the league lead in the postseason in goals among defensemen.

His three markers has him tied with John Carlson, Alex Goligoski and Duncan Keith. Ekholm has also contributed one assist and 15 shots in the playoffs. All three of his goals have either tied the game or put the Predators in the lead. "I'm just trying to do the most with the ice time I get," Ekholm said. "Getting a lot of confidence in the ice time I'm getting from the coaches. They're putting me out there in all sorts of situations and I'm just trying to make the most of it."
May 2 - 9:31 AM

Mattias Ekholm found the back of the net in Sunday's 3-2 loss to San Jose in Game 2.

The Preds have dug themselves quite a hole, as they're down 2-0 in the series. Fortunately for them, both losses have come on the road, which means they can get right back into the series with two good showings on home ice. Ekholm's goal at the 12:56 mark of the third period tied the game at one, but Joe Pavelski scored just minutes later to restore San Jose's lead. Ekholm has three goals and four points in nine games this postseason.
May 1 - 11:22 PM

Mattias Ekholm recorded his second goal of the postseason in Game 6 on Monday night.

He opened the scoring in Nashville's 3-1 victory over Anaheim. Ekholm is tied with James Neal and Shea Weber for the team lead in goals during the 2016 playoffs. All three of them scored in Monday's win.
Apr 26 - 10:50 AM

Mattias Ekholm scored his first goal of the playoffs on Sunday night in a 3-2 win over Anaheim.

He tied the game at 1-1 with 56 seconds left in the first period. Ekholm has a plus-3 rating and two shots after two games in Nashville's first-round series.
Apr 18 - 11:20 AM

Mattias Ekholm posted his seventh goal in Tuesday's 5-3 win versus the Dallas Stars.

He was credited with his second game winner of the season. Ekholm has recorded a personal best 28 points in 64 matches.
Mar 2 - 10:24 AM

The Nashville Predators have won back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 19 and 21.

Despite their recent struggles, the Predators are just two points behind Minnesota for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. "We all know what kind of position we're in," said Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm. "That's what's got to get better — our battle level, our urgency and our attitude to win games. That's the position we're in right now. We need the points. It doesn't have to be pretty all the time. This was a greasy win for us."
Jan 24 - 12:01 PM

Mattias Ekholm scored twice to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 road win over Edmonton.

Ekholm now has seven goals on the season as it was his first goal in three weeks. Filip Forsberg had a goal and an assist while Mike Fisher potted his sixth of the campaign. Ekholm is on a three game points streak and now has 20 points in 48 games.
Jan 24 - 1:45 AM

Mattias Ekholm lifted the Predators to a 2-1 overtime win against the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

His fifth goal of the season came at 3:09 of the extra frame, and he also added an assist on Paul Gaustad’s first goal of the season. While much of the attention focuses on the rest of the defense, Ekholm is a solid player in his own right. He has five goals and 14 points.
Jan 2 - 10:14 PM

Mattias Ekholm has inked a six-year, $22.5 million contract extension with the Predators.

His new deal has an annual average value of $3.75 million and his current one has an AAV of just over $1 million. Ekholm would have been eligible for restricted free agency in the summer. He has contributed one goal and three points in eight games this season, while becoming a strong puck-possession defender.
Mon, Oct 26, 2015 12:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Ryan Johansen
2Mike Ribeiro
3Mike Fisher
4Calle Jarnkrok
5Colton Sissons
LW1Colin Wilson
2Kevin Fiala
3Austin Watson
4Pontus Aberg
RW1Filip Forsberg
2James Neal
3Craig Smith
4Viktor Arvidsson
D1P.K. Subban
2Roman Josi
3Ryan Ellis
4Mattias Ekholm
5Anthony Bitetto
6Matt Irwin
7Petter Granberg
8Adam Pardy
9Yannick Weber
G1Pekka Rinne
2Juuse Saros