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Aaron Ekblad | Defenseman

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (19) / 2/7/1996
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 216
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Aaron Ekblad set three Florida records for scoring by a rookie defenseman.
His 12 goals, 27 assists and 39 points were all franchise bests for a first-year blueliner. Ekblad also finished just two points shy of the NHL record for an 18-year-old defenseman, which was established by his agent Bobby Orr back in 1966-67. Ekblad was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy on Thursday evening and he's considered by many to be the favorite for the award. Apr 24 - 9:20 AM

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Aaron Ekblad has been nominated for the Calder Trophy.

He produced 12 goals and 39 points in 81 games for the Panthers. Ekblad cracked Florida's roster as an 18-year-old defenseman after being selected with the first overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He averaged 21:48 of ice time per contest and posted a plus-12 rating.
Apr 23 - 6:56 PM

Aaron Ekblad was one of the first seventeen skaters named to Team Canada for the upcoming World Hockey Championships in the Czech Republic starting May 1st.

Ekblad had an impressive rookie campaign and will in the running for the Calder Trophy awarded to the NHL's top first-year player. Ekblad will be joined on Team Canada's blueline by Tyson Barrie, Brent Burns, Jake Muzzin and David Savard.
Apr 18 - 9:53 AM

Aaron Ekblad isn't thinking about the Calder Trophy, which goes to the rookie of the year.

"It's out of sight, out of mind," he said. "If they're going to pick me, they're going to pick me. I'm not trying to win a race or anything. I'm trying to play games and win games with the Florida Panthers." He did admit that winning the award has been a goal of his, but he's not concerned with it right now. Florida has two games left on the 2014-15 schedule and Ekblad is considered to be a top contender for the Calder.
Apr 7 - 11:12 AM

Defenseman Aaron Ekblad scored the only Florida goal in a 4-1 loss to the visiting Montreal Canadiens Sunday.

Ekblad's goal, his 12th of the season, tied the game at 1-1 at 6:20 of the second period. Montreal scored three consecutive goals, however, to cement its victory. The Canadiens are getting set for the playoffs. The Panthers are out.
Apr 5 - 7:48 PM

Aaron Ekblad (flu) was back at practice on Monday.

He sat out Saturday's game because of the flu. Ekblad should be ready to return for Thursday's match versus Winnipeg.
Mar 10 - 10:09 AM

Aaron Ekblad (flu) will miss Saturday's game against the New York Islanders.

This will be the first time Ekblad misses a game in his young NHL career. The 19-year-old has 34 points in 65 games this season. He should be considered day-to-day right now.
Mar 7 - 6:40 PM

Aaron Ekblad (illness) may not play in Saturday's game against the New York Islanders.

The Panthers have been hit hard by some kind of virus and several players have been forced to miss time because of it. The 19-year-old has yet to miss a game this season. He has two goals in his last three games and 34 points in 65 games overall this season. The Panthers recalled Jonathan Racine from the minors in case Ekblad can't play.
Mar 7 - 3:35 PM

Aaron Ekblad was a minus-2 in Florida's 2-0 loss to Dallas on Friday night.

Ekblad was on the ice for both of Dallas' goals and he was victimized by a Jason Spezza spin move on the Stars' second goal. Ekblad finished the game with four shots and one hit in just over 22 minutes of ice time. His poor performance on Friday night doesn't take anything away from his spectacular rookie season. The 19-year-old has nine goals and 31 points in 54 games in his first year.
Feb 13 - 11:40 PM

Aaron Ekblad scored a goal in Florida's 3-2 shootout loss to Nashville on Sunday.

Ekblad's goal at the 14:27 mark of the first period gave the Panthers an early 2-0 lead. They held on to that lead until the third period when they surrendered two power play goals. Another disappointing aspect of the game for Florida was the fact that they scored two goals in the shootout and still couldn't win it. Ekblad now has eight goals and 30 points for the Panthers this season.
Feb 8 - 6:08 PM

Aaron Ekblad scored his seventh goal of the year in Florida's 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

The rookie has three assists since his All Star debut, good for 28 points in 46 games so far this season. Ekblad has a +6 rating with 18 penalty minutes, and is showing signs of being a fantasy juggernaut in the not-too-distant future.
Jan 30 - 1:30 AM

Aaron Ekblad earned a pair of assists in a 5-4 loss to Detroit on Tuesday.

That gives him a total of 21 on the year. The rookie defender sits second on the Panthers in scoring with 27 points in 45 games. Ekblad is also third among first-year players in scoring.
Jan 28 - 9:37 AM

Aaron Ekblad collected four assists at the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday.

"You kind of cringe at it for a second," smiled Ekblad referring to the 17-12 score. "Your plus-minus is taking quite a hit. It's just a fun experience." The 18-year-old blueliner got a chance to play in his first All-Star Game due to an injury to Colorado's Erik Johnson, but he'll probably be involved in plenty more of these events.
Jan 26 - 10:52 AM

Aaron Ekblad is the youngest defenseman to ever suit up in the NHL All-Star game.

Ekblad will only turn 19 on February 7th. The first overall pick in last year's NHL entry draft has had an incredible rookie season for the Panthers. Ekblad has six goals, 25 points and a plus-7 rating while averaging over 22:00 minutes per game for Florida. He will definitely be in the Calder trophy (top rookie) conversation at the end of the season.
Jan 25 - 10:14 AM

Aaron Ekblad will participate in the All-Star Game.

Ekblad was already in Columbus for the rookie showcase, so it was convenient for the NHL to use him in place of Erik Johnson. Ekblad is having a great rookie season with nine goals and 25 points in 42 games.
Jan 23 - 11:10 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nick Bjugstad
2Aleksander Barkov
3Dave Bolland
4Derek MacKenzie
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jussi Jokinen
3Brandon Pirri
4Garrett Wilson
RW1Jaromir Jagr
2Brad Boyes
3Jimmy Hayes
4Scottie Upshall
5Tomas Kopecky
6Shawn Thornton
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Brian Campbell
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Willie Mitchell
5Steven Kampfer
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya