Ekholm, 24, had one goal and eight assists in 62 games with the Predators last season, averaging 16:49 per game in ice time. He had 10 penalty minutes, making him one of six NHL defensemen to play at least 50 games and be assessed 10 or fewer penalty minutes.
A 2009 fourth-round pick (No. 102) of the Predators, Ekholm has nine points and a minus-10 rating in 65 NHL games in parts of three seasons, all with Nashville.
It's cool when you think about how many great American players have played the game and the two players that were at that 18-game point streak and what they've done in their careers. It's pretty cool right now, but it was kind of overshadowed by the loss.
— Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after breaking the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Kings