Originally written October 22, 2011 on PredsOnTheGlass:
The Nashville Predators announced that they have assigned Mattias Ekholm to Brynas IF of the Elitserien (Swedish Elite League).

It is not surprising that Mattias Ekholm has been removed from the Nashville Predators roster after Coach Barry Trotz raked him over the coals after Thursday's 5-1 loss in Vancouver. It is very troubling that he chose to go to Europe instead of accepting an assignment to Milwaukee of the AHL.

Before the season started David Poile explained that it was very important for the young defenseman to play in North America this season. He indicated that if he returned to Europe's larger rink and style of play that he would face the same challenges in camp next season and possibly be no more NHL ready than he is today.

Is it possible that Ekholm has played the only two games that he will ever play in the NHL? It's something that has to be considered and considering that this choice does not fith the mold of "The Predator Way," it is something that has to be considered.

Make the jump for the full release from the Predators...



PREDATORS ASSIGN MATTIAS EKHOLM TO BRYNAS

Nashville, Tenn. (October 22, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced tonight that the club has assigned defenseman Mattias Ekholm to Brynas IF of the Elitserien (Swedish Elite League).

Ekholm, 21 (5/24/90), suited up for two of Nashville’s first six regular season games – his first action in North America – going pointless while averaging 12:25 of ice time. The 6-4, 204-pound blueliner will be playing his second season with Brynas in 2011-12 after posting 33 points (10g-23a) in 55 games in 2010-11 en route to winning the Swedish Elite League Rookie of the Year award.

The Nashville Predators wind down a six-day/three-game tour of Western Canada this afternoon in Calgary (3 p.m. on FOX Sports Tennessee, 102.5 The Game) before kicking off a three-game home stand on Tuesday when the San Jose Sharks come calling (7 p.m. on FSTN, 102.5 The Game). It is a Daily’s Super Tuesday Game, where fans can purchase two upper level tickets for $49 or two lower level tickets for $99. The week continues with games on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning and Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks (both games at 7 p.m. on 102.5 The Game). Limited tickets for next week’s games are still available and can be purchased by visiting nashvillepredators.com, ticketmaster.com or by calling 615-770-PUCK (7825).

More Later...

Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

FCC Chairman: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

Brain study finds 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Five things to watch in the AL Wild Card game

Tony Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

Eli on Geno Smith: If fans yell at you, you probably deserve it

49ers players come out in support of Jim Harbaugh

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Raiders reportedly expected to make a run at Jon Gruden

FCC unanimously ends sports blackout rule

Michael Phelps arrested for DUI

Is hiring Mack Brown a real possibility for SMU Mustangs?

NFL: Abdullah should not have been penalized for praying

Belichick: Pats 'didn't play well enough at all' against Chiefs

AL Wild Card live blog

Marlins president: We're not trading Giancarlo Stanton

Heckling Knicks fan suing team over ejection

This weekend in NFL stupid

Kobe: Iggy Azalea has had better career than Swaggy P

College football's post-Week 5 playoff projection

Oregon to don pink-themed unis for breast cancer awareness

Is DeMarco Murray the best RB in the NFL?

WATCH: TBS sends up 'Boom Goes the Dynamite' with promo

Ilya Bryzgalov takes photos with fans while on the bench

NFL Awards: Week 4 edition

The best and worst MLB players in September

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!

FCC: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

AL Wild Card live blog

Could Jon Gruden return to Oakland?

Marlins: We're not trading Stanton

Study: 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

AL Wild Card preview

Heckling fan sues Knicks over ejection

Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

This weekend in NFL stupid

Kobe chooses Iggy over Swaggy P

Is DeMarco Murray the NFL's best RB?

Ilya Bryzgalov takes photos with fans while on the bench

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.