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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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Defenseman Aaron Ekblad scored with 20.2 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Florida Panthers a 1-0 shutout victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning Monday night.
Panthers center Nick Bjugstad and Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman were battling in front of the net when Ekblad’s soft wrist shot from the point hit Hedman's skate and got past Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy for the game-winner. It was Ekblad's fourth goal of the season. The 19-year-old is proving to be a clutch performer. Jonathan Huberdeau and Jaromir Jagr were credited with the assists on Ekblad's goal, their ninth and seventh of the season, respectively. Nov 16 - 11:12 PM

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Aaron Ekblad scored in Saturday's 5-4 shootout win over Tampa Bay.

Ekblad's power play goal at the 19:22 mark of the third period tied the game 4-4. The Panthers eventually got the shootout winner from Brandon Pirri. "That was just awesome," Ekblad said. "Guys are excited after a win like that. Confidence is what it’s all about. It’s a good rivalry, the Battle of Florida. Sometimes that gets overlooked." The 19-year-old has three goals and six points in 17 games this season.
Nov 15 - 12:22 PM

Aaron Ekblad scored in Florida's 4-3 win over Calgary on Tuesday night.

It's been a slow start for the 19-year-old defenseman, who has two goals and four points after 15 games. Ekblad's goal helped build a 3-1 lead for the Panthers before the Flams stormed back.
Nov 11 - 8:36 AM

Aaron Ekblad had an assist in Thursday's 3-2 win over Buffalo.

He has two helpers, with both points coming on the power play, in four games this season. The 2015 Calder Trophy winner is off to a solid start with six shots, five hits and four blocks.
Oct 16 - 10:06 AM

Aaron Ekblad was named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team for the 2014-15 season.

Ekblad was the first overall selection nearly a year ago, and went on to lead all rookie defenders with 12 goals while ranking second in assists with 27 and in points with 39. All as an 18 year old, mind you. He set new Panthers franchise records in the process for a rookie defender, and fell just two points shy of Bobby Orr's NHL record for points by an 18 year old.
Jun 24 - 10:28 PM

Aaron Ekblad took home the Calder Trophy on Wednesday night, which goes to NHL's rookie of the year.

Ekblad had a remarkable season for any rookie defenseman with 12 goals and 39 points in 81 games, but to do it as an 18-year-old is simply incredible. In fact, Ekblad was just two points shy of Bobby Orr's record for most points by an 18-year-old. Jonathan Huberdeau was the last Panther to win the award, taking it home in 2013.
Jun 24 - 8:23 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nick Bjugstad
2Aleksander Barkov
3Dave Bolland
4Derek MacKenzie
5Marc Savard
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jussi Jokinen
3Brandon Pirri
4Quinton Howden
5Connor Brickley
RW1Jaromir Jagr
2Reilly Smith
3Vincent Trocheck
4Shawn Thornton
5Logan Shaw
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Brian Campbell
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Erik Gudbranson
5Willie Mitchell
6Alex Petrovic
7Steven Kampfer
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya