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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 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

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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

Aaron Ekblad (upper body) is listed as day-to-day.

He probably won't be available to play Wednesday night after missing Monday's game with what is believed to be concussion-like symptoms.
Jan 13 - 10:09 AM

Aaron Ekblad won't suit up in Monday's game against the Vancouver Canucks due to an upper-body injury.

He left Sunday's game against the Oilers after he was drilled from behind by Matt Hendricks. Ekblad did return, but it could be a reason why he's out of the lineup tonight.
Jan 11 - 7:52 PM

Aaron Ekblad will join veteran teammates Jaromir Jagr and Roberto Luongo at the NHL All-Star Game.

It will be the first time the Panthers have had multiple All-Stars since 2000 when Pavel Bure, Viktor Kozlov and Ray Whitney were chosen to play in the event. Florida coach, Gerard Gallant, will be behind the bench for the Atlantic Division as well. Ekblad will be playing in his second NHL All-Star Game after he was a late injury replacement last year in his rookie season.
Jan 7 - 8:02 AM

Aaron Ekblad scored a goal during Sunday's 5-4 shootout win over Vancouver.

With the tally, Ekblad now has points in five of his last eight games totaling four goals and six points in that time. Not too shabby for the, somehow only, 19-year-old sophomore. He has eight goals and 16 points in 34 games this season, and is well on track to set new career highs across the board.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 08:26:00 PM

Aaron Ekblad found the back of the net in Tuesday's 5-1 win against the Islanders.

The sophomore defender got his seventh goal of the year and his fifth point in his last five games. Ekblad has two goals and one assist over a three-game point streak.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 09:58:00 AM

Aaron Ekblad notched a goal and an assist in Florida's 4-2 loss to New Jersey on Sunday.

He also posted a game-high seven shots in the match, while logging a team-high 24:33 of ice time. Unfortunately, his strong performance wasn't enough to get Florida their sixth straight victory. Ekblad has 12 points in 27 games this season.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 10:20:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Aleksander Barkov
2Nick Bjugstad
3Derek MacKenzie
4Dave Bolland
5Corban Knight
6Marc Savard
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jussi Jokinen
3Brandon Pirri
4Quinton Howden
5Garrett Wilson
RW1Jaromir Jagr
2Reilly Smith
3Vincent Trocheck
4Logan Shaw
5Shawn Thornton
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Brian Campbell
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Erik Gudbranson
5Willie Mitchell
6Alex Petrovic
7Steven Kampfer
8Brent Regner
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya