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14 Mattias Ekholm D
Height/Weight: 6-4/202 | Birthdate: 5/24/1990 | Birthplace: Borlange, Sweden | Team: Nashville Predators | College: None | NHL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 5/3
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11/6/2014

Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH

Mattias Ekholm

Ekholm Playing Assistant For Preds

News: Mattias Ekholm dished out a pair of assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's win over Nashville.
Analysis: They were both secondary helpers, but Mattias Ekholm has nonetheless been doing a fine job of puck moving lately, having rattled off four helpers in his last four games. His ice time dropped back down to only 15:08 on Thursday, but it should be poised to rise with the way he's been rolling offensively.

11/3/2014

Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH Preds' Ekholm Enjoying Three-Game Point Streak

Mattias Ekholm

Preds' Ekholm Enjoying Three-Game Point Streak

News: Mattias Ekholm, who recorded an assist for the third straight game Sunday against the Canucks, has seen his ice time rise to the 18½-19 minute mark in three of his last four games.
Analysis: Mattias Ekholm, who skated mostly on the Preds' third defensive pairing last season, has been promoted to the second unit this year alongside Seth Jones. His fantasy value is still limited to deeper formats, however given his current pace, he should easily surpass the nine points he had in 62 games last season. Keep him rolling as long as he's hot.

10/6/2014

Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH

Mattias Ekholm

Ekholm Resuming Defensive Role For Preds

News: Mattias Ekholm played 17:03 in Saturday's preseason loss to the Blue Jackets. He had just a single shot on goal along with a pair of hits.
Analysis: Mattias Ekholm, who recorded nine points in 62 games for the Preds as a rookie last season, showed real scoring potential in the AHL two seasons ago and in Sweden back in 2010-11. However, his role in Nashville thus far has been more of a stay-at-home defenseman. The Preds will continue to rely on guys like Shea Weber, Roman Josi and Seth Jones to jump in and join the rush, while Ekholm will focus mainly on keeping the puck out of his own net. Bottom line, there's not much fantasy potential here, outside of ultra-deep leagues. Ekholm is expected to open the season on the Preds' third defensive pairing alongside Ryan Ellis.

7/9/2014

Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH

Mattias Ekholm

Ekholm Signs Two-Year Deal With Preds

News: Mattias Ekholm has signed a two-year, $2.075 million contract with the Predators, the Tennessean reports.
Analysis: Mattias Ekholm, who was a restricted free agent, will thus avoid arbitration by inking the one-way deal with Nashville. He's coming off a rookie campaign in which he recorded nine points in 62 games for the Preds.

2/9/2014

Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH Preds Bench Ekholm

Mattias Ekholm

Preds Bench Ekholm

News: Mattias Ekholm went into the Olympic break as a healthy scratch, riding the pine for the last two games.
Analysis: Mattias Ekholm has just five points in 39 games this season, giving him very little fantasy value in even the deepest of leagues. He's currently alternating with Victor Bartley as the Preds' sixth defenseman, and lines up alongside Ryan Ellis when he does get the chance to play.

1/7/2014

Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH

Mattias Ekholm

First NHL Goal For Preds' Ekholm

News: Skating in his 32nd career game, Mattias Ekholm recorded his first NHL goal Tuesday against the Sharks, a second-period tally that gave the Preds a 2-1 lead that they'd never relinquish.
Analysis: Nice to see the 2009 fourth-rounder find his way into the goal column for the first time in the big leagues. Mattias Ekholm showed real scoring potential in the AHL last year (10 goals and 32 points in 59 games) and in Sweden back in 2010-11 (10 goals and 33 points in 55 games), but despite his 6-foot-4, 204-pound frame, the 23-year-old hasn't yet figured out how to play with the kind of edge that he'll need to succeed on both ends at the NHL level.

12/31/2013

Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH Preds' Ekholm Comes Off Bench

Mattias Ekholm

Preds' Ekholm Comes Off Bench

News: Mattias Ekholm saw 15 minutes of ice time Monday against the Red Wings.
Analysis: After sitting out six games as a healthy scratch in mid-December, Mattias Ekholm has since played in four of the last five games. He will continue to occupy either the No. 6 or No. 7 defenseman spot on the Preds' roster, and possesses very little fantasy value as a result.

12/15/2013

Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH

Mattias Ekholm

Preds' Ekholm Still Sitting As Healthy Scratch

News: Preds coach Barry Trotz said he believes Mattias Ekholm, who has missed the past three games as a healthy scratch, is doing everything he can to get back in the lineup, the Tennessean reports. "I think [Ekholm returning to the lineup] is more me deciding to make a change than anything," Trotz said. "He's doing all the right things right now."
Analysis: After sitting out seven consecutive games in the second half of November, Mattias Ekholm returned to action for a mini three-game stint while Shea Weber and Kevin Klein were out with injuries. However, now that Weber and Klein are back, Ekholm has returned to riding the pine. Given his lack of offense (four assists in 21 games) along with his lack of ice time, Ekholm should not be in anyone's fantasy lineup right now.

12/2/2013

Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH

Mattias Ekholm

Preds' Ekholm Comes Off Bench As Injury Sub

News: After missing the previous seven games as a healthy scratch, Mattias Ekholm finally saw some game action during Friday's OT loss to the Flyers, skating 15:04 on the Preds' third defensive pairing.
Analysis: With Shea Weber (eye) and Kevin Klein (lower body) currently on the shelf, Mattias Ekholm should continue to see modest amounts of ice time as an injury fill-in. However, he will most surely head back to the bench as soon as the walking wounded return. As a result, Ekholm's fantasy value is currently limited to the deepest of formats only.

11/9/2013

Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH

Mattias Ekholm

Preds' Ekholm Sees First-Line Duty Friday

News: Mattias Ekholm took Seth Jones' spot on the first defensive pairing during Friday's 5-0 loss to Winnipeg, the Tennessean reports.
Analysis: Coach Barry Trotz was not happy with Jones' play during the first few minutes of the game, so Mattias Ekholm wound up skating 20:33 - the most minutes he's seen all season - alongside stud defenseman Shea Weber. It remains to be seen whether this is a permanent switch, but we suspect Ekholm may be back in his usual third-pairing role next time out. Monitor closely.

10/16/2013

Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH

Mattias Ekholm

Ekholm Enjoying Full Time Status With Preds

News: Mattias Ekholm has zero points through six games so far this season for the Preds, along with a -2 rating.
Analysis: After playing just three games combined over the previous two seasons, Mattias Ekholm is finally enjoying his first taste of full-time status with the Preds. He's also playing a top-four role, averaging almost 20 minutes per night, which is roughly four minutes more than last season. Unfortunately, he is also being used primarily in a defensive role, giving him marginal fantasy value in most formats.

4/16/2013

Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH

Mattias Ekholm

Predators Reassign Ekholm

News: Mattias Ekholm has been reassigned to AHL Milwaukee on Tuesday.
Analysis: Mattias Ekholm, who got recalled by the Predators on Monday, will return to Milwaukee to play in a key league game for the Admirals on Tuesday. Ekholm could return for Friday's game against the Blackhawks.

4/15/2013

Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH

Mattias Ekholm

Ekholm Recalled By Preds

News: Mattias Ekholm has been recalled by the Predators, according to Josh Cooper of The Tennessean.
Analysis: Mattias Ekholm -- who has 27 points in 55 games for AHL Milwaukee - gets the call from the Preds, with Kevin Klein dealing with an injury that will keep him out of Monday's game against the Canucks.