Mattias Ekholm - Photo Courtesy of ESPN

 

Mattias Ekholm, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-4

Weight:200

Born: 1990-05-24

Hometown: Borlange, Sweden

Drafted: 2009 by Nashville Predators, 102nd Overall

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

July 2013 - As rough as the first day of free agency was on the forward prospects of the Predators, the door is wide open for Ekholm to make the team this upcoming season. This offseason Nashville cut ties with TJ Brennan, Jonathon Blum, and Hal Gill leaving only three defenceman on the roster with over 80 games played. Barring any free agent signings, Ekholm will battle for one of the remaining spots of the back end with Seth Jones, Ryan Ellis, and Vic Bartley. Donesh Mazloum

 

March 2013 - Ekholm's offensive game has slowed down, but his size will see to it that he will be an NHLer. With quality puck-movers ahead of him in Nashville, that may be all that Nashville is looking for, despite his offensive skills. Dobber

 

May 2012 – Ekholm has good size but needs to use it more effectively. Ekholm has no glaring weakness but doesn’t posses any high-end skills either, playing a simple two-way game. With the depth on defense in Nashville there isn’t a lot of room for Ekholm at this point. Ekholm has made strides in his development recently winning the Elitserien Rookie of the Year award. Ryan Goddard

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

 

Ekholm is a two-way defenseman with good upside.

 

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