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06-28-2012, 10:53 AM
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Good write-up on Ekholm:

“It wasn’t the first time I heard something bad about me,” Ekholm said during the Predators annual development camp. “As a hockey player, it’s your job to take it. It was my first or second game in the NHL. It was hard, but as I said, you think about it a couple of days and then you have to refocus because you’re a good player and you can play the game. You have to shake it off a couple of days after and refocus.
“I can’t wait to get him over here and get into our system and play in North America,” Predators general manager David Poile said. “I know he’s going to be a good NHL player in time.”
Ekholm’s failed first stint in the NHL hasn’t dampened Nashville’s enthusiasm for him. But it’s a reminder that all prospects are different, and some may need more seasoning outside of the glare of the NHL spotlight. Ekholm said he’s planning to spend next season in North America, either with the Predators’ American Hockey League affiliate in Milwaukee or in Nashville.

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