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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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Florida Panthers fans rejoice, coach Gerard Gallant has noted that Aaron "Ekblad is fine."
The Panthers' and Team North America's top defender missed the final round robin game due to an upper body injury, widely suspected to be a concussion. Per Gallant, "You see him out there skating already. I think it was a little scary, but he feels real good. He's going to [skate] and see how he feels, but everything looks good." Draft accordingly. Sep 24 - 8:28 PM

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Aaron Ekblad will reportedly return to Florida in the next couple of days for evaluation.

It was thought that he would remain with Team North America during the World Cup, but the Panthers want their team doctors to take a look at him. Still, it seems to be more of a cautionary measure at this time than anything long term. It still hasn't been determined that Ekblad has a concussion, but it's understandable that Florida wants to be careful with their stud defender.
Sep 20 - 4:57 PM

Aaron Ekblad remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

He didn't take part in Tuesday's practice after he missed Monday's World Cup game versus Russia. There's a chance that Ekblad could be shut down for the rest of the tournament.
Sep 20 - 2:03 PM

It hasn't been determined yet if Aaron Ekblad has a concussion.

He does have a stiff neck though and he is receiving treatment. Ekblad will visit with a doctor and an update on his status should come after that. It isn't clear if he will be available for the rest of the World Cup of Hockey, but it is expected that he will remain in Toronto.
Sep 20 - 10:49 AM

Aaron Ekblad didn't play on Monday night for Team North America because of an upper-body injury.

According to multiple media outlets, the Panthers defenseman is suffering from a mild concussion. It is believed he was hurt on a hard hit from Finland's Leo Komarov on Sunday. Ekblad is listed as day-to-day for now.
Sep 20 - 9:50 AM

Aaron Ekblad is expected to take on a leadership role with Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey.

Head coach Todd McLellan knows what to expect from Ekblad after they spent time together at the 2015 World Championship and that helps the young defenseman feel much more comfortable on the team. Ekblad is also slated to be a leader for the Panthers during his third season in the NHL and could be an eventual captain for the organization.
Sep 6 - 1:50 PM

Look for the Panthers to have a devastating power play this upcoming season.

With Aaron Ekblad and Keith Yandle on the points and Alexander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau and Jaromir Jagr up front, the unit has the potential to be dominating. The second unit will likley feature Vincent Trocheck, Nick Bjugstad and Jussi Jokinen.
Jul 2 - 10:25 AM

The Florida Panthers have officially signed Aaron Ekblad to an eight-year extension.

Florida didn't reveal the financial details of the deal, but if the previous reports are to be believed, then this contract is worth $60 million. "We are very excited to sign Aaron to a multi-year contract," said Panthers GM Tom Rowe. "He is an exceptionally skilled, intelligent and mature young player that is a difference maker for our team both on and off the ice. Aaron is an integral part of the foundation of our future and a cornerstone player who is continuing to develop into a true leader and one of the league’s elite defensemen." As we mentioned before, this contract is a gamble given how relatively inexperienced Ekblad still is, but there's no doubt that he has a ton of upside and he's already shown himself to be a great blueliner. This deal will be a huge headache if Ekblad struggles to live up to expectations, but it could also look like a shrewd move in a few years.
Jul 1 - 4:11 PM

Aaron Ekblad has reportedly agreed to a eight-year, $60 million contract extension.

There was a previous report that the Panthers were expected to present Ekblad with that offer and it's not surprising that he would take it. That being said he's not eligible to re-sign with Florida until noon ET on Friday, so it will be a little more than an hour before there's a chance to get confirmation of this agreement.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 1 - 10:54 AM

The Florida Panthers will reportedly offer Aaron Ekblad an eight-year, $60 million extension.

Ekblad isn't eligible to receive an extension until noon ET on July 1, so that's why it hasn't happened yet. That's a lot of money to throw at a player with 159 games worth of NHL experience, but given what he's already accomplished and his upside, it's possible that locking him up at $7.5 million annually will actually end up saving the Panthers money in the long run.
Jul 1 - 9:01 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Aleksander Barkov
2Vincent Trocheck
3Nick Bjugstad
4Derek MacKenzie
5Greg McKegg
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jussi Jokinen
3Jared McCann
4Jonathan Marchessault
RW1Jaromir Jagr
2Reilly Smith
3Colton Sceviour
4Shawn Thornton
5Logan Shaw
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Keith Yandle
3Jason Demers
4Mark Pysyk
5Alex Petrovic
6Jakub Kindl
7Michael Matheson
G1Roberto Luongo
2James Reimer
3Reto Berra