It’s an incredibly reasonable deal that will keep Ekholm under contract through his 31-year-old season.
He’s a young defenseman that has continued to develop, setting career marks last year with seven goals and 11 assists.
He also posted a score-adjusted CF%Rel of 4.9% for a total CF% of 56.6% last year. In each of the four prior seasons where he’s played he’s posted positive relative possession numbers.
These are good indicators that Ekholm is developing and will continue to be an impact player for the Predators. Throw in that he’s finally starting to bring some offense to the table and he’s just another piece of a frighteningly good Nashville blue line.
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) October 26, 2015
Through the 2018-19 season the team will still have Shea Weber, Ryan Ellis, Roman Josi, and Mattias Ekholm under contract. Seth Jones is still on his ELC. This defense is ridiculous and is going to be around for a while.
Advanced stats via War on Ice.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.