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Aaron Ekblad | Defenseman | #5

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (20) / 2/7/1996
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 216
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (1) / FLA
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Aaron Ekblad suited up in his first career NHL playoff game on Thursday night.
"Every night you kind of go to bed thinking about it, you wake up in the morning and think about it, you come to the rink and think about it," Ekblad said after morning skate. "It's really exciting and an anxious time for everyone and we obviously don't want to grip our sticks too tight and kind of be relaxed and be ready and prepared." He played a strong game in a 5-4 loss to the Islanders. Ekblad had four shots, one block and a plus-2 rating in 23:08 of ice time. Apr 15 - 8:25 AM

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Aaron Ekblad is rolling into the playoffs having scored in four of his last five games.

Ekblad ends the season with 15 goals and 36 points. Slightly down from his rookie campaign, but he managed to accumulate 27 goals and 75 points as a teenager. That's pretty awesome.
Apr 10 - 12:25 AM

Aaron Ekblad is two goals shy of tying the franchise record for goals in a season by a defenseman.

The sophomore defender has 14 markers and 29 points in 71 games. Jason Garrison holds the record, which he established in 2011-12.
Mar 28 - 10:12 AM

Aaron Ekblad notched a goal in the Panthers’ 5-1 loss to the Coyotes on Saturday night.

Ekblad scored at 17:28 of the second period. Even though his offensive game hasn’t taken a leap yet, the upside is there for him to be a big contributor in that regard. Plus, he’s already a stout defender, even as a 20-year-old. Ekblad has 13 goals, a career high, and 26 points. Jussi Jokinen and Aleksander Barkov got the assists.
Mar 6 - 12:02 AM

Aaron Ekblad snapped his six game point drought with a goal during Sunday's 3-1 loss to Minnesota.

Ekblad has now tied his high water mark in goals at 12, set last season as a rookie. It doesn't appear likely he'll match the 39 points from last season, as he only has 25 this season. But the future is very, very bright nevertheless.
Feb 28 - 6:25 PM

Aaron Ekblad finished a minus-two in the Panthers’ 5-2 loss to the Predators on Saturday night.

Despite this, he was six Panthers players who were positive possession players (he was at 54%). Ekblad also had two shots on goal. He has 11 goals and 24 points this season. The potential is unlimited for the 20-year-old.
Feb 13 - 10:24 PM

Aaron Ekblad scored in the Atlantic's 4-3 win over the Metropolitan during the first match of the NHL All-Star Game.

He was jumping into the rush frequently, just like most of the defensemen in the contests. Ekblad tied the game at 3-3 in the second half of the game.
Feb 1 - 10:06 AM

Aaron Ekblad feels more deserving of this year's All-Star Game selection.

He played in the festivities last year too, but got a spot in the game when another player backed out the day before. In 2015-16, he isn't playing as a replacement, so he feels like he earned his spot. "It's 100 percent more rewarding," Ekblad said. "I didn't feel like I was supposed to be there last year. It's not something you want to be involved in if you're not supposed to be there. I was a rookie, just taking it all in, and then I'm playing in the game. I think the experience will help me this year, but this is much more rewarding. And it's rewarding for my team."
Jan 29 - 8:01 AM

When Aaron Ekblad plays, the Panthers don't lose.

At least it seems that way. Going into Friday night's game against Chicago, Ekblad missed the Panthers last four games with an upper-body injury. The Cats' lost all four of those games. With Ekblad in the lineup Florida has won it's last 13 games dating back to December 12th. A coincidence? We think not. There is no doubt Ekblad is one of the NHL's best young rearguards.
Jan 23 - 10:14 AM

Aaron Ekblad scored in Friday's 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

This was Ekblad's first game back after missing four games with an upper-body injury. The 19-year-old's goal at the 2:51 mark of the second period gave the Panthers a 4-0 lead. Ekblad has 10 goals, 20 points and a plus-19 rating in 43 games this season. Reilly Smith, Brian Campbell and Quinton Howden also scored for the Cats.
Jan 22 - 10:55 PM

Fear not Panthers fan, Aaron Ekblad will indeed play Friday against the Blackhawks.

Florida has gone 0-3-1 without their phenomenal blue liner, and as much we'd all like to draw the obvious conclusion, it wasn't Ekblad. Okay all puns aside, "I feel great," Ekblad said after morning skate. "I'm really, really, really happy to be back in the lineup." He has nine goals and 19 points in 42 games this season and will pair with Steven Kampfer to create Florida's second defensive unit.
Jan 22 - 6:52 PM

Aaron Ekblad has been cleared to return from a concussion.

Ekblad will be available for Friday's game against Chicago as a result. He hasn't played since Jan. 10 and the Panthers have gone 0-3-1 without him. The 19-year-old defenseman has nine goals and 19 points in 42 contests this season.
Jan 20 - 6:00 PM

Aaron Ekblad (upper body) won't be available on Sunday.

Although it's not confirmed, it's believed that Ekblad is dealing with a concussion that was sustained on Jan. 10. If that's the case then it's hard to say when Ekblad will be back as concussions don't conform to timetables. On a more positive note, Ekblad was on the ice Saturday and even participated in the early part of the team's practice.
Jan 17 - 10:33 AM

Aaron Ekblad won't play on Monday or Tuesday, but he's hoping to get back into the Panthers lineup on Friday.

Ekblad was injured on Jan. 10 after he was slammed from behind by Oilers forward Matt Hendricks. The Panthers are 0-1-1 since Ekblad's injury. The 19-year-old has nine goals, 19 points and a plus-17 rating in 40 games.
Jan 16 - 2:04 PM

Aaron Ekblad (upper body) is unlikely to play Wednesday night.

He isn't on the ice for the morning skate after sitting out Monday's overtime loss to Vancouver due to an upper-body injury.
Jan 13 - 1:51 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Aleksander Barkov
2Vincent Trocheck
3Nick Bjugstad
4Derek MacKenzie
5Jared McCann
6Dave Bolland
7Marc Savard
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jussi Jokinen
3Teddy Purcell
4Garrett Wilson
5Quinton Howden
RW1Jaromir Jagr
2Jiri Hudler
3Reilly Smith
4Shawn Thornton
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Brian Campbell
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Willie Mitchell
5Alex Petrovic
6Steven Kampfer
7Jakub Kindl
8Michael Matheson
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya