Originally written on Section 303  |  Last updated 6/28/14
Fans thought defensive prospect Mattias Ekholm would go to the Milwaukee Admirals. His agent thought he would go back to Sweden. The Nashville Predators, however, have him on their opening night roster. When the Preds open the 2011-12 season against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, Ekholm will be on the roster. Whether he plays or not is a different story, though. The defensemen listed are Norris Trophy finalist Shea Weber, future All-Star Ryan Suter, still-Calder eligible Jon Blum, steady veteran Kevin Klein, free agent signee Jack Hillen and former Milwaukee Admiral Teemu Laakso. If Ekholm were to skate on opening night, the Predators would have to carry seven blueliners, something they rarely do. That doesn’t rule him out for Saturday’s contest against the St. Louis Blues, however. After the Columbus game, Nashville will play it’s second game of the season 24 hours later inside Scottrade Center. If there’s an injury, Ekholm could debut there. If there’s a poor performance by ...
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Golden Tate: Departure of Suh won't pressure Lion's offense

Are the Angels being overlooked?

Team USA improves before meltdown in Swiss draw

USC AD skips meeting in Indiana: ‘I am the proud father of a gay son’

David Ortiz clarifies part of essay in The Players' Tribune

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Hernandez reportedly 'swore' he wasn't involved in murder

Associated Press examining its use of the Redskins name

Urban Meyer discusses notion of running 2-QB system

Report: Tiger Woods to practice at Augusta

Did Jerry Jones want enough cap room to add Peterson?

Phil Jackson issues message of hope to season ticket holders

WATCH: J.J. Watt sings about stadium food on 'New Girl'

Kings ready to shut down DeMarcus Cousins

Jameis Winston may skip NFL draft to be with grandmother

Phillies to sell hard liquor, wine at Citizens Bank Park

Jason Dufner, wife Amanda getting a divorce

Top 10 players in baseball

Top 20 players in the Final Four

Russell Wilson should sit until new deal is done

WATCH: Shaq rips Lakers, Clippers during Bieber roast

Can we envision the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Finals?

Bettor to win $1M if Michigan State wins national title

Five NFL coaches already on the hot seat

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Are the Angels being overlooked?

Top 20 players in the Final Four

Top 10 players in baseball

Report: Tiger's plane spotted in Augusta

Moss shares story on meeting Deion

Five coaches already on the hot seat

Can we envision the Hawks in the Finals?

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

Namath parties with 100 yr-old women

Report: Shaka Smart talking to Texas

Rick Barnes to land at Tennessee?

Browns GM suspended for texts

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.