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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 at the 1:05 minute 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

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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

Aaron Ekblad scored in Thursday's 6-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Ekblad tied the game at one at the 10:21 mark of the first period, but the Leafs responded by scoring five unanswered goals. He finished the game with a minus-1 rating, six penalty minutes, three shots on goal and five hits in 21:50 of ice time. The Panthers defenseman has now scored in back-to-back games and has four goals and no assists in 17 games this season.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 10:56:00 PM

Aaron Ekblad scored the game-winning goal in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens.

It wasn't the prettiest goal, but it got the job done. Ekblad's stick broke as he took a shot on goal and the puck went off Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu and trickled in. Ekblad finished the game with a plus-1 rating, five shots on goal and one hit in 23:08 of ice time. He has three goals and no assists in 16 games this season.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 10:54:00 PM

Aaron Ekblad has two goals and no assists after 15 games this campaign.

He also has a team-worst minus-7 rating. "Sometimes it's hard to look positively at your game if those kinds of things aren't happening," he said. "The first eight or nine games I had plenty of shots on net. That's the kind of light at the end of the dark tunnel that things are going to start going in. I'm trying to stick to my guns in that sense, still getting a lot of shots through." Ekblad wants to make a difference on the power play, where he has scored both of his points, and he is looking to get more shots through from the point.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 09:55:00 AM

Aaron Ekblad potted his second goal of the year Thursday in a 4-3 overtime win over New Jersey.

He opened the scoring with a power-play blast in the first period. Ekblad snapped a five-game scoring slump in the process. He has two points in 11 contests.
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 08:01:00 AM

Aaron Ekblad has scored only one goal so far this season despite leading the Panthers in shots on goal.

Ekblad has directed 26 shots toward the opposition goal with only one marker. He's on pace to register in excess of 260 shots on goal this season, far in excess of his career high of 182 in 2015-16. Sooner or later Ekblad will hit paydirt. Stay patient with him.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 11:06:00 AM

The Florida Panthers have named Aaron Ekblad as one of their alternate captains this season.

Ekblad was the presumptive next captain after Willie Mitchell, but the organization has saw fit to go with veteran center Derek MacKenzie instead. Ekblad will be joined by Jussi Jokinen with "A's" on their chests, and should be seen as the front runner for the 10th captaincy in franchise history.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 01:22:00 PM

Aaron Ekblad might be the next captain of the Florida Panthers.

The Panthers will name a new captain before the start of the regular season. Head coach Gerard Gallant admitted that a final decision has been made and it could be Ekblad. The 20-year-old has been one of the best young defensemen in the NHL since being drafted first overall by the Panthers in 2014.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 08:37:00 AM

Although there was some concern that Aaron Ekblad suffered a concussion during the World Cup, that wasn't the final diagnosis.

Ekblad was dealing with concussion-like symptoms, but what it turned out to be was whiplash. "The way I was told, it was about blood flow," Ekblad said. "When you get whiplash like that, there's restricted blood flow to the head and that causes systems because the blood doesn't drain out of head as fast. That's why you get symptoms without it being a concussion." While an injury is never good news, the fact that it wasn't a concussion has to come as a relief, especially after he dealt with one in January. He took part in Thursday's morning skate.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 03:26:00 PM

Aaron Ekblad (upper body) has received medical clearance to play.

It was feared that Ekblad could miss the start of the season after he suffered an upper-body injury at the World Cup of Hockey, but after he returned to Florida for evaluation he seemed to be fine. Ekblad should be back on the ice with his teammates soon.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 02:26:00 PM

It sounds like Aaron Ekblad (upper body) should be available for the start of the season.

Coach Gerard Gallant said on Monday that if the season started in two days then he believed that Ekblad would play. He has been skating on his own, so the next positive sign will be when he joins his teammates for practice.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 06:31:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Aleksander Barkov
2Vincent Trocheck
3Nick Bjugstad
4Denis Malgin
5Derek MacKenzie
6Greg McKegg
7Michael Sgarbossa
8Paul Thompson
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jussi Jokinen
3Jonathan Marchessault
4Jared McCann
RW1Jaromir Jagr
2Reilly Smith
3Colton Sceviour
4Shawn Thornton
5Seth Griffith
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Keith Yandle
3Jason Demers
4Mark Pysyk
5Alex Petrovic
6Jakub Kindl
7Michael Matheson
8Dylan McIlrath
G1Roberto Luongo
2James Reimer