Nashville Predators Offseason: Quirky Thanksgiving Edition

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 4: Filip Forsberg #9 of the Nashville Predators celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins during an NHL game at Bridgestone Arena on December 4, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 4: Filip Forsberg #9 of the Nashville Predators celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins during an NHL game at Bridgestone Arena on December 4, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Mattias Ekholm #14 of the Nashville Predators (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Mattias Ekholm #14 of the Nashville Predators (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Unsung hero of the meal

You’re probably thinking this is a throwaway, but how wrong you are. You want to know the real unsung hero of the Thanksgiving meal? The aspect that contributes to every single dish? Your feast would be nothing without salt, pepper, and the seasoning that goes into every dish. If you aren’t adequately seasoning your food, you’re doing it so very wrong. Nobody likes a dry turkey, bland mashed potatoes, or mediocre mac n’ cheese. Seasoning goes with everything. Mattias Ekholm is our seasoning.

Need a solid defender on the penalty kill? Ekholm’s got you. Need someone to generate offense from the back end on the power play? Knock-knock, it’s Ekholm ready to contribute. You want a player with a solid game on both the offensive and defensive side of things? Ekholm is that guy. One of the opposing teams getting chirpy? You KNOW Ekholm will either send a message with a good check, or throw the gloves down and speak with his fists. My point is, Ekholm does it all, and often doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves. With that much versatility, Ekholm is the seasoning that can make any dish. We don’t talk about him enough, but like any dish wouldn’t be nearly what it is without salt, pepper, and seasoning, the Predators, in virtually all phases of the game, wouldn’t be who they are without Mattias Hans Ekholm.