Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators
Mattias Ekholm
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 4"
BIRTHDATE: 05/24/1990
AGE: 26
DRAFTED: NSH: 2009-102 overall
2014-15: Doubled his previous career high in points (7g-11a-18pts) and improved his goal total from one in 62 games in 2013-14 to seven in 80 games in 2014-15… His average ice time (19:00) was more than two minutes higher than his rookie season of 2013-14 (16:49)… Scored five of his seven goals and recorded 13 of his 18 points on the road... Ranked third on the team in blocked shots (102), nearly doubling his rookie total of 55… Improved his plus/minus rating from -8 in 2013-14 to +12 in 2014-15... Tallied goals in back-to-back games on two occasions: Jan. 3 at Los Angeles and Jan. 4 at Anaheim and Jan. 16 vs. Washington and Jan. 17 at Detroit… Played in his 100th career NHL game on Dec. 29 at Chicago… Scored his first career game-winning goal in overtime on Dec. 20 at Minnesota… Registered his first career multi-point game on Nov. 6 at Dallas (2a)… Represented Sweden at the World Championship for the second consecutive year, posting three assists in eight games. PLAYOFFS: Suited up for all six of Nashville's postseason contests, tying for the team lead in plus/minus rating and averaging 26:24 of ice time... Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Chicago and scored his first postseason goal in Game Three.

Ranked 12th among NHL rookie blueliners in both games played (62) and minutes played (1,042:38)... Ranked 18th among rookie defensemen in points and assists (1g-8a-9pts)… One of just six NHL defensemen to play at least 50 games and be assessed 10 or fewer penalty minutes… Recorded his first career point/assist on Oct. 26 at St. Louis, the first of a four-game assist streak… Helped Sweden to a bronze medal at the 2014 World Championship, being named one of the nation’s three best players in the process… Tied for second (with Predators teammate Roman Josi) among tournament defensemen in points (2g-5a-7pts), while leading all Swedish skaters in average ice time (21:56)… Both his goals at Worlds were game winners.

Spent his first full season in North America with the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) in 2012-13… Tied for ninth among AHL rookie defensemen in goals, and ranked ninth among rookie blueliners in points (10g-22a-32pts)… Led Admiral defensemen in points and tied for fifth among all club skaters in 2012-13… Tied for first among all league blueliners, and led the Admirals in power-play goals (7) in 2012-13… Tied for the Milwaukee team lead, and tied for sixth among AHL rookie defensemen, in plus/minus rating (+15) in 2012-13… Played his lone NHL game of the 2012-13 season on April 15 vs. Vancouver… Won the 2012 Borje Salming Award as the top defenseman in the Swedish Elite League (Elitserien)… Helped Brynas claim the 2012 Le Mat Trophy as Elitserien champions… Ranked third among Elitserien defensemen in power-play goals (6) in 2011-12… Led all defensemen, and tied for sixth among all skaters, in assists (8) during the 2012 Elitserien Playoffs… Tied for the defensemen lead in points (9) during the 2012 playoffs… Started the 2011-12 season with Nashville, making his NHL debut on Oct. 13 vs. Phoenix and playing Oct. 20 at Vancouver before being assigned to Brynas on Oct. 22… Played his first Swedish Elite League season with Brynas in 2010-11, and was named Elitserien Rookie of the Year… Tied for fourth among 2010-11 Elitserien defensemen in both goals (10) and points (33), and tied for fifth at the position in assists (23)… Ranked second on Brynas in plus/minus rating (+10), and third in both shots (102) and power-play goals (5) in 2010-11… Was named Best Defenseman at the 2010 Karjala Tournament and a Media All-Star at the 2011 LG Hockey Games… Led all junior players in Sweden’s second division (Allsvenskan) in assists (21), and ranked fourth among junior skaters in points (22) with Mora in 2009-10… Ranked sixth among Allsvenskan defensemen in assists, and tied for ninth in points at the position in 2009-10… Earned a bronze medal while representing Sweden at the 2010 World Junior Championships… Tied for the 2010 WJC lead with a +10 rating… Played for Sweden at the 2008 U-18 World Championships, notching a goal in six games... Won a gold medal with Sweden at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament… On Twitter @MatEkh14