Thursday morning the Nashville Predators announced that they signed 2009 fourth-round pick Mattias Ekholm to a three-year entry level contract.
“The pipeline is looking pretty good,” General Manager David Poile said Wednesday at the end of season press conference in regard to the young core of players who are considered the future of the team. Poile said that Ekholm might be brough over from Sweden next season to play his first year in North America.
According to Hockey’s Future, Ekholm “is a decent two-way defenseman who is solid in all aspects of the game.”
This season, Ekholm was named the Swedish Elite League’s Rookie of the Year. The 20 year old finished fourth among Swedish Elite League defensemen in goals with 10. He also added 13 assists for 33 points on the season, his first with Brynas IF.
Ekholm, chosen in the 7th round — 102 overall, won a bronze medal with Sweden at the 2010 World Junior Championships.
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