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Mattias Ekholm | Defenseman

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
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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. Oct 26 - 12:16 PM

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Mattias Ekholm scored a beauty of a goal from his butt, opening Tuesday night's scoring on Carey Price of Montreal. The Predators would go on to win 3-2 in overtime.

Mid way through the first period, Ekholm intercepted a blind Tomas Plekanec clearance in-stride and proceeded to bum-rush the Canadiens' net. He utilized a roller hockey move to split the defense and scored on his own rebound from his butt. Go find a highlight. It was his first goal since Jan. 17th, a span of 28 games, and he now has six goals and 16 points this season.
Mar 25 - 3:42 AM

Mattias Ekholm indicated that he will play Saturday night against New Jersey.

Ekholm sustained an upper-body injury last Sunday in a game against Florida and missed two games this week. If you need the steady defenseman, get ready to activate him.
Feb 14 - 1:56 PM

Mattias Ekholm suffered an upper body injury in Sunday's game against Florida.

Ekholm will not be returning to the game. He should be considered day-to-day at this point but we'll have a more detailed update as soon as one is made available.
Feb 8 - 5:00 PM

Mattias Ekholm scored the overtime winner in Saturday's 5-4 win over Minnesota.

Ekholm picked a great time to score his first goal of the season. "Always in OT you want to be the clutch guy and score that goal," Ekholm said. "Just to get the two points; big start for us on this little road trip before Christmas." The 24-year-old has been more of a solid defensive presence in the NHL. He has seven points and a plus-8 rating in 31 games this season.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 08:52:00 AM

Mattias Ekholm collected two assists in Thursday's 3-2 win over Dallas.

He earned an assist on a power-play goal by Filip Forsberg despite being on the ice for just 17 seconds and he drew a helper on Matt Cullen's game winner. Ekholm didn't have a point in his first eight games, but he's accumulated five assists in his last five matches.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 09:31:00 AM

Mattias Ekholm hopes to contribute more offensively this season in coach Peter Laviolette's new system.

"I've got to skate a little bit more and I like that, being up in the play, joining the rush," he said. "Just doing smart plays and getting involved a little bit more in the offensive zone. I like it so far." Ekholm doesn't have a point in five games and he hasn't shown much with only one shot. He also picked up just nine points in 62 games last campaign. He shouldn't be on your fantasy radar at this time.
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 12:19:00 PM

Mattias Ekholm has agreed to a two-year contract with the Nashville Predators.

Ekholm was a restricted free agent and had filed for salary arbitration. His cap hit will reportedly be just below $1.1 million. He had a goal and nine points in 62 games in 2013-14.
Wed, Jul 9, 2014 09:58:00 AM

Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm, who is a restricted free agent, has registered for salary arbitration.

He is coming off his entry-level deal with the Predators, which carried a $900,000 cap hit. Ekholm appeared in 62 games last season and he contributed nine points.
Sat, Jul 5, 2014 02:08:00 PM

Mattias Ekholm went from potential goat to hero in Sweden's quarterfinal victory against Belarus.

He hooked Alexei Kalyuzhny late in the third period and the play resulted in a penalty shot that Anders Nilsson stopped. Shortly after that, Ekholm scored the game-winning goal on a great rush to give Sweden a 3-2 lead. He has two goals and four assists in eight games at the tournament.
Thu, May 22, 2014 04:39:00 PM

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.
Mon, Jan 27, 2014 11:41:00 AM

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

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