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Mattias Ekholm | Defenseman | #14

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 4 (102) / NAS
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Mattias Ekholm chipped in two assists Tuesday in a 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Ekholm didn't have a point in his first two games this season. He also logged a game-high 26:13 of ice time with Roman Josi out of the lineup due to an injury. Oct 11 - 9:50 AM

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Mattias Ekholm has been skating alongside Yannick Weber at training camp.

The Predators will need to make some adjustments going into the season because of Ryan Ellis' knee injury. "You just have to respect the process that it takes to get a new partner and build that chemistry that me and Ellis had and that I had with P.K.," Ekholm said. "It doesn't go overnight." Ekholm formed a solid shutdown pair with P.K. Subban last season. Subban has been skating with Alexei Emelin at practices.
Sep 18 - 5:35 PM

Mattias Ekholm's goal on Saturday ended a 42-game goal scoring drought.

Ekholm had been setting up markers though, so that goal was also his 10th point in 19 playoff contests. He's the fourth Predators defenseman to reach double-digits in points in the 2017 playoffs, making Nashville the third team to ever have four blueliners reach that milestone in the same postseason run. The other two were the 1984 Edmonton Oilers and 1993 Los Angeles Kings.
Jun 5 - 10:34 AM

Mattias Ekholm scored once, assisted on another and had 12 penalty minutes on Saturday.

It was Ekholm's first goal of the playoffs this season as he became the 19th Predator to find the back of the net in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. Ekholm is a stud on the Nashville blueline and with a goal and 10 points thus far, he has been a great contributor to your playoff fantasy team if you drafted him.
Jun 4 - 7:39 AM

Mattias Ekholm commented on Ryan Johansen's injury at the pre-game press conference ahead of Game 5.

Ekholm stated that he wasn't aware Johansen was injured in Game 4 and that "it apparently wasn't that big of a hit" that knocked the star center out for the remainder of the playoffs. The Predators will need their skilled defensemen to contribute offensively if they want to get to the Stanley Cup Final.
May 20 - 5:27 PM

Mattias Ekholm earned an assist in Nashville's 5-3 loss to Anaheim in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final.

He registered his sixth helper of the playoffs on a goal by James Neal. Ekholm has collected four assists during a three-game point streak. He has posted three helpers in two games versus the Ducks.
May 15 - 10:14 AM

Mattias Ekholm earned a pair of assists in a 4-3 win against Columbus Thursday night.

He got the primary helper on both goals by Craig Smith during the third period. Ekholm has collected 18 points in 49 matches this year.
Jan 27 - 10:24 AM

Mattias Ekholm led Nashville with 29:11 of playing time on Thursday night.

The Predators lost Roman Josi to an upper-body injury in the match, so Ekholm was called upon to step up with P.K. Subban also missing. "I don't know if (Josi's) back next game or how long it is," Ekholm said. "If he's not, then we'll manage that. I think we've got guys that can come up and step up, and we saw it tonight." He had an assist and a plus-2 rating in Nashville's 2-1 win.
Jan 13 - 10:14 AM

Mattias Ekholm accounted for a goal and an assist Tuesday night.

It was his first goal in 32 games this season along with his 10th assist. Ekholm is trying to bounce back from a slow start. He has six points in the last 10 outings after he had five points in his first 22 appearances.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 12:21:00 PM

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.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 07:16:00 AM

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.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 02:00:00 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
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 08:59:00 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.
Fri, May 27, 2016 02:08:00 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.
Sat, May 14, 2016 02:38:00 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.
Fri, May 6, 2016 02:36:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Johansen
2Nick Bonino
3Calle Jarnkrok
4Colton Sissons
5Frederick Gaudreau
LW1Filip Forsberg
2Kevin Fiala
3Scott Hartnell
4Cody McLeod
RW1Viktor Arvidsson
2Craig Smith
3Pontus Aberg
4Austin Watson
5Miikka Salomaki
D1Roman Josi
2P.K. Subban
3Ryan Ellis
4Mattias Ekholm
5Alexei Emelin
6Matt Irwin
7Yannick Weber
8Anthony Bitetto
G1Pekka Rinne
2Juuse Saros