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Aaron Ekblad | Defenseman | #5

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 2/7/1996
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 216
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (1) / FLA

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Aaron Ekblad (neck) didn't practice on Friday and is experiencing headaches.
Given that Ekblad only recently returned from a concussion, the news that he has headaches might understandably sound concerning, but Panthers coach Tom Rowe said it's unrelated. "He has the headaches because of the neck injury," Rowe said. "There’s no reason to rush him back." Ekblad also dealt with headaches when he suffered whiplash back in September and in that instance he initially thought he had a concussion. Mar 24 - 5:20 PM

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Aaron Ekblad has been sidelined with a stiff neck, and will not play in Thursday's game against Arizona.

He noted that it's unrelated to his previous concussion. In 68 games this season, Ekblad has posted 10 goals and 21 points along with 58 PIMs, 62 blocks and 88 hits. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Mar 23 - 1:25 PM

Aaron Ekblad (concussion) will return from his four-game absence on Tuesday against Carolina.

Through 67 games this season, the franchise defender has posted 10 goals and 21 points along with 58 PIMs, 62 blocks and 87 hits.
Mar 21 - 3:07 PM

Aaron Ekblad (concussion) is expected to miss seven-to-10 days, per Panthers coach Tom Rowe.

Concussions don't usually conform well to timetables, so we're taking that timetable with a bit of caution. It does suggest though that the Panthers feel optimistic about Ekblad based on what they've seen so far as missing a week is about as short of an absence as you get from a concussion.
Mar 13 - 12:24 PM

Aaron Ekblad sustained a concussion in Saturday night's contest against the Lightning.

It's official. As with all concussions, there is no immediate timetable for Ekblad's return. Reserve him immediately and hope for the best.
Mar 12 - 10:00 AM

Aaron Ekblad has sustained an upper-body injury and will not return to Saturday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ekblad slammed into the glass head first about 3:30 into the second and is likely undergoing concussion protocol.
Mar 11 - 8:44 PM

Aaron Ekblad potted his 10th goal of the season in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers.

He cashed on a Panthers' power play with 3:26 remaining in the third period. Ekblad has struggled this season with 21 points in 65 games, but he still managed to hit double digits in goals for a third straight year.
Mar 8 - 8:39 AM

Aaron Ekblad scored a shorthanded goal in Thursday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Ekblad picked off a Claude Giroux pass in the neutral zone, went around him like he wasn't there and then buried the puck in the net to give Florida a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately for the Flyers, they let the lead slip away. Ekblad finished the game with a plus-1 rating and nine shots on goal in 24:41 of ice time. Ekblad is up to nine goals and 11 assists in 63 games this season.
Mar 2 - 10:43 PM

Aaron Ekblad scored a power play goal in Friday's 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

It was his first goal in 26 games, as the Panthers defenseman hadn't scored since Dec. 10. He has eight goals and 17 points in 56 games this season. Now that the team is scoring more goals, expect his offensive production to increase.
Feb 18 - 10:43 AM

Aaron Ekblad ended a seven-game pointless skid on Wednesday.

He picked up his ninth assist of the season in a wild 6-5 overtime win over San Jose. Ekblad has struggled to produce in his third NHL season with 16 points through 55 matches.
Feb 16 - 8:43 AM

Aaron Ekblad scored at the 1:05 mark of the third period as the Vancouver Canucks lost a 4-2 contest to the Florida Panthers Saturday night.

Ekblad’s seventh goal of the season snapped a six-game streak in which he failed to find the back of the net and it came with assists from Jaromir Jagr (his ninth) and Aleksander Barkov (his 14th). Overall the defenseman has not been particularly effective in recent games, having recorded only two assists in that same period of time. Moreover, he has a negative plus/minus in five of his last eight games.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 01:39:00 AM

Aaron Ekblad (face) is expected to be available for Monday's game.

Ekblad sustained a gash below his right eye that needed stitches on Saturday, but he's still well enough to play. He has six goals and an assist in 25 games this season.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 11:07:00 AM

Aaron Ekblad needed a few stiches to deal with a gash below his right eye sustained in Saturday night's loss to Ottawa.

He left the game in the first period for the repairs but returned to finish the contest. Ekblad should be just fine for Florida's next game Monday against Boston.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 10:32:00 AM

Aaron Ekblad earned his first assist of the year Tuesday in a 2-1 shootout loss to Chicago.

He collected the secondary helper on a power-play goal by Jaromir Jagr. Ekblad posted six shots in the match. He has scored six goals on 72 shots through 23 games this campaign.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 10:31:00 AM

Aaron Ekblad has netted three goals in the last four games.

He scored on his only shot in Sunday's 3-2 shootout win over the Rangers. Ekblad is beginning to heat up after a sluggish start to the season. He has five goals and no assists in 19 matches.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 10:28:00 AM

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C1Aleksander Barkov
2Vincent Trocheck
3Nick Bjugstad
4Denis Malgin
5Michael Sgarbossa
6Derek MacKenzie
LW1Jonathan Marchessault
2Jussi Jokinen
3Jonathan Huberdeau
RW1Jaromir Jagr
2Thomas Vanek
3Reilly Smith
4Colton Sceviour
5Shawn Thornton
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Keith Yandle
3Jason Demers
4Mark Pysyk
5Michael Matheson
6Jakub Kindl
7Alex Petrovic
G1Roberto Luongo
2James Reimer
3Reto Berra