Mattias Ekholm Stats
- Height / Weight
- 76 / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 5/24/1990 (32)
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Mattias Ekholm News
Edmonton Oilers defenseman Mattias Ekholm will make his team debut Wednesday against Toronto after joining the club Tuesday from Nashville. Ekholm is projected to team up with Evan Bouchard on the second defensive pairing. The Swedish blue-liner should also see minutes on the second power-play unit. Ekholm plays a strong defensive game and has also notched 18 points in 57 games this season. His offensive numbers should get a boost on an Oilers team that leads the league with 3.80 goals per game and has elite scorers Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl within its ranks.
The Edmonton Oilers have acquired defenseman Mattias Ekholm and a sixth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft in exchange for defenseman Tyson Barrie, forward prospect Reid Schaefer, a first-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft. Ekholm spent his entire 12-year career with the Predators and was rumored to be on the move as the Predators make significant changes to their roster ahead of Friday's deadline. The 32-year-old defenseman is in the first season of a four-year, $25 million contract that he signed prior to the 2021-22 NHL season, and he has totaled five goals and 18 points through 57 games. Ekholm's move to the highest scoring team in the league gives him added value in deeper fantasy formats.
Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm will be back in action on Thursday against the Islanders after missing one game with an illness. Fellow blue-liner Matt Benning (upper body) also returns to the lineup. Ekholm is having a quiet offensive season, as he's managed only five points in 24 games, but the 31-year-old remains a big piece on the blue line. He's averaging the second-most ice time on the team with 23:18 per game. Ekholm will be back on the second defensive pairing with Alexandre Carrier, and we should see him with the second power-play unit as well.
Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros and defenseman Mattias Ekholm won't be on the ice against Detroit on Tuesday because they are dealing with a non-COVID-19-related illness. David Rittich will get his third start of the year between the pipes, while Mark Borowiecki moves up to the second defensive pairing to replace Ekholm. The team has also announced that Matt Benning will be out of the lineup with an upper-body injury. All three players should be considered day-to-day. Nashville plays again on Thursday against the Islanders.
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