Ehkolhm scored a pair of goals, including the game winner, Saturday against the Oilers. Ekholm is riding a three-game point streak and is up to seven goals and 20 points in 48 games on the season. Given that the 25-year-old is on pace for a career-high offensive season in his third full NHL campaign and is logging 18:57 of ice time, including second unit power-play time, Ekholm is worth looking at right now.
Ekholm recorded an assist for the second consecutive game in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Jets. Now with eight points in his last 11 games, Ekholm is really reaping the benefits of the added responsibility he's been given since the departure of Seth Jones. He's now up to 18 points on the season which matches his career high from last year. With guys like Shea Weber and Roman Josi playing in front of him, Ekholm won't come anywhere close to posting elite offensive numbers, but he's a decent secondary option on a Preds team that is loaded with talent.
Ekholm notched a pair of assists in Friday's loss to the Avalanche, giving him four points (one goal, three assists) in his last three games. One of the assists also came on the power play, where Ekholm has not been used much this season, but he recorded 2:05 worth of PP time there on Friday. With the recent departure of Seth Jones in the Ryan Johansen trade, Ekholm appears to have taken Jones' spot on the second PP unit, giving him extra fantasy appeal in most standard formats. As a result, he's worth a flyer in medium to deeper leagues right now.
Ekholm saved the day for the Predators on Saturday, burying the puck into the nylon against the Hurricanes in overtime. He also had an assist before playing the role of hero. This was the second two-point effort from Ekholm in the past five games. He's operating with a shooting percentage of 10.6 which is ranked 17th among NHL defensemen.
Ekholm delivered a shorthanded goal and a secondary assist in Tuesday night's overtime loss to the Blues. Ekholm wasted no time accepting a Mike Fisher faceoff win to bury the puck into the net. The Swedish defenseman tends to go through extensive stretches without any points, but he's recorded multi-point efforts in four of the eight games that he's cracked the scoresheet.
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