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Aaron Ekblad | Defenseman | #5

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/7/1996
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 216
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (1) / FLA
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Aaron Ekblad plans to join Team Canada for the 2018 World Championship.
Ekblad last played in the Worlds back in 2015. He excelled during that tournament with four goals and seven points in 10 contests. Team Canada won the Gold Medal that year. Apr 10 - 12:04 PM

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Aaron Ekblad set a new personal best Thursday night with his 16th goal of the season.

Ekblad scored a power-play goal in a 3-2 OT loss to Ottawa. It also tied him with Jason Garrison (2011-12) for the franchise record for goals in a season by a defenseman. He has one goal and two assists during a three-game point streak. Ekblad has 35 points in 76 games this year.
Mar 30 - 10:34 AM

Aaron Ekblad has participated in 300 career NHL games.

Ekblad hit the milestone on Saturday. He's gotten this far just a month after his 22nd birthday. He hasn't become one of the league's top offensive threats yet, but he certainly does contribute in that regard with 15 goals and 32 points this season. He's also logged 23:25 minutes per game as he's become one of the Panthers' most important players.
Mar 25 - 10:15 AM

Aaron Ekblad scored a goal in Monday's 2-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens.

Ekblad pounced on a turnover in the Canadiens' zone and he made a beautiful move to get around Jeff Petry before he beat Antti Niemi. The Panthers blue liner also dropped the gloves with Nicolas Deslauriers in the opening frame. He finished the night with a plus-1 rating, seven penalty minutes and three shots on goal in 20:56 of ice time. Ekblad has 15 goals and 17 assists in 70 games this season. The 22-year-old is now riding a three-game point streak. Aleksander Barkov also found the back of the net for the Panthers on Monday night.
Mar 19 - 10:55 PM

Aaron Ekblad netted the game-winning goal in Thursday's 3-0 win over Boston.

Ekblad opened the scoring at the 6:25 mark of the first period with his 14th goal of the season. He has 30 points in 68 games this season.
Mar 16 - 9:42 AM

Aaron Ekblad found the back of the net in Friday's 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Ekblad gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead late in the first period, and they never looked back. He finished the night with a plus-1 rating, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in 22:38 of ice time. The 22-year-old is up to 13 goals and 27 points in 62 games this season. This was also the 50th goal of his NHL career.
Mar 3 - 10:00 AM

Aaron Ekblad took a maintenance day on Friday.

It's unclear what is plaguing him, but the Panthers have already said that it's not serious enough to keep him out of the lineup for Saturday's game. Ekblad has 12 goals and 12 assists in 58 games this season.
Feb 24 - 10:00 AM

Aaron Ekblad is riding a five-game point streak.

He's picked up seven points during the streak. That's a pretty nice stretch for the Panthers blue liner, who now has 12 goals and 23 points in 54 games this season. Ekblad will look to prolong his hot streak on saturday night, as the Panthers take on the Flames.
Feb 17 - 9:50 AM

Aaron Ekblad posted a goal with an assist and a plus-1 rating with a blocked shot and two hits in Monday's 7-5 victory at Edmonton.

Ekblad is working on a four-game point streak, posting three goals with six points and a plus-2 rating. He'll look to extend his streak to a season-best five games when the Panthers roll into Vancouver on Wednesday. He now ranks second to just All-Star P.K. Subban of the Predators as far as goals by a defenseman.
Feb 13 - 1:30 AM

Aaron Ekblad scored a power play goal in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Ekblad opened the scoring at the 11:32 mark of the first period, but that was the only offense the Panthers could muster in this one. He finished the game with a minus-1 rating, three shots on goal and two hits in 23:39 of ice time. Ekblad has now picked up four points in his last three games. He's up to 11 goals and 20 points in 52 games this season. Denis Malgin and Michael Matheson registered the assists on Florida's only goal.
Feb 9 - 11:35 PM

Aaron Ekblad has now reached the 10-goal milestone in each of his first four seasons.

Ekblad is one of just 15 defensemen in NHL history to reach double-digits in goals in each of their first four seasons. His personal best is 15, so there's a chance that he'll top that in 2017-18 given that we are still just in early February. Unfortunately, he hasn't gotten much in the way of helpers this season, so he's limited to 18 points in 50 games despite being tied for third among blueliners in goals scored.
Feb 4 - 4:43 AM

Aaron Ekblad accounted for his team's only goal, a power-play marker, in a 6-1 beating in Dallas on Tuesday night.

It wasn't all great, as Ekblad suffered a dismal minus-3 rating while picking up a minor penalty. He has pieced together a three-game point streak, posting two goals and an assist. He'll look to tie a season high with a point in four straight when the Capitals visit Sunrise on Thursday night.
Jan 23 - 11:45 PM

Aaron Ekblad scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Vegas Golden Knights.

Ekblad's teammate, Aleksander Barkov, was denied on a breakaway, but the defenseman managed to follow up the play and he eventually scored the winner. The blue liner finished the game with a plus-1 rating, three shots on goal and in 21:24 of ice time. Ekblad has racked up two goals in his last three games. He has eight goals and 14 points in 44 games this season.
Jan 20 - 11:04 AM

Aaron Ekblad scored a goal on Tuesday night to end his lengthy scoring drought.

Ekblad didn't have a point in 12 games going into Tuesday's match against St. Louis. The Panthers blueliner has seven goals and 13 points in 42 contests this campaign.
Jan 10 - 9:42 AM

Aaron Ekblad hasn't picked up a point in 12 games.

Ekblad had a different defense partner at the start of Sunday's game versus Columbus for the first time this year when he was paired with Mike Matheson. However, he still received some shifts alongside Keith Yandle. Ekblad has six goals and 12 points in 41 contests this season.
Jan 9 - 10:03 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Aleksander Barkov
2Vincent Trocheck
3Nick Bjugstad
4Jared McCann
5Derek MacKenzie
6Henrik Borgstrom
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Denis Malgin
3Jamie McGinn
4Connor Brickley
5Frank Vatrano
RW1Evgenii Dadonov
2Colton Sceviour
3Micheal Haley
4Maxim Mamin
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Keith Yandle
3Mike Matheson
4Alex Petrovic
5Mark Pysyk
6MacKenzie Weegar
7Ian McCoshen
G1Roberto Luongo
2James Reimer