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Aaron Ekblad | Defenseman

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (18) / 2/7/1996
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 216
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Aaron Ekblad has already broken Florida's franchise record for assists by a rookie defenseman.
He has 14 helpers in 32 games, which surpasses Dmitry Kulikov's total of 13 during the 2009-10 campaign. Ed Jovanovski had 21 points as a rookie and Ekblad is close to breaking that record as well. He leads all rookie blueliners in goals (5), assists (14), points (19) and plus-minus (plus-6). He also ranks second among all first-year players with 22:05 of average ice time per game. Dec 26 - 6:25 AM

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Aaron Ekblad assisted on Florida's only goal in their 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Ekblad helped set up Vincent Trocheck's first period goal. Ekblad also riffled a shot off the post at the end of the second period, which could have potentially tied the game at 2-2. The 18-year-old has five goals and 19 points in 31 games this season. Ekblad is having a phenomenal rookie season, but unfortunately Predators' forward Filip Forsberg has a firm grasp on the Calder trophy (top rookie).
Dec 21 - 11:33 AM

Aaron Ekblad is expected to play Friday after he skipped Thursday's practice due to "a little lower-body soreness."

"We just left him off the ice," coach Gerard Gallant added. "We don't think it's anything." Shane O'Brien was recalled from AHL San Antonio as insurance. We'll let you know if Ekblad's status changes, but for now assume that he'll be in the lineup.
Dec 12 - 10:07 AM

Aaron Ekblad missed practice on Thursday with an undisclosed injury.

The Panthers recalled Shane O'Brien at the same time so there is some concern with the standout rookie's status. He was the NHL's third star of the week from Dec. 1-7 as he had two goals and six points in four games, giving him five goals and 18 points this season. Stay tuned.
Dec 11 - 11:24 PM

Aaron Ekblad scored his fifth goal of the season on Monday night.

He was just named the NHL's third star of the week after he generated two goals and four assists in four games. The rookie blueliner is currently riding a five-game point streak.
Dec 9 - 9:42 AM

Aaron Ekblad has been named the third star of the week.

He produced two goals and four assists in four games to lead all defensemen in scoring. The first overall pick in the 2014 draft has been a welcome addition to Florida's blueline. Ekblad co-leads Florida in scoring with 17 points in 25 games.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 8 - 6:30 PM

Aaron Ekblad has picked up at least a point in each of his last four games.

Ekblad has six points in his last four games including three against Buffalo on Saturday. The 18-year-old has had a phenomenal rookie season thus far. He has four goals, 17 points and a plus-six rating in 25 games this season. He is currently on pace to surpass the 50-point mark this season.
Dec 7 - 10:25 AM

Aaron Ekblad registered three assists in the Panthers’ 3-2 win over the Sabres on Saturday night.

Ekblad's excellent rookie season continues. The 18-year-old now has points in four straight games, with 17 on the season. He also played 21:39 on Saturday night, the third-highest among Panthers defenseman. Those in keeper leagues should hold onto Ekblad tightly, but know that some ups and downs are likely. Nick Bjugstad got the game-winning goal with 17 seconds left in the second period, sliding the rebound off Ekblad’s shot past Michal Neuvirth. Tomas Kopecky also scored for Florida.
Dec 6 - 10:46 PM

Aaron Ekblad tallied the game-winning goal in Tuesday's 4-3 triumph over Detroit.

He gave the Panthers a 4-1 lead at the time and his marker held up as the winner after the Red Wings got two goals back in the third. Ekblad has scored in back-to-back games to give him four on the year and 13 points in 23 appearances.
Dec 3 - 8:22 AM

Aaron Ekblad scored a goal in Florida's 2-1 loss to Columbus on Monday.

Ekblad showed good poise at the Panthers' blue line before beating Jackets' goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky with a shot from the point. The 18-year-old has put up some impressive numbers so far. He has three goals 12 points in 22 games this season. He had 18:43 of ice time, but fantasy owners will appreciate his 3:07 on the power play.
Dec 1 - 9:43 PM

Aaron Ekblad continues to impress his teammates, his coaches and the opposition.

He scored his second goal of the season against the Islanders Friday night and now has nine points in 14 games to lead the Panthers in scoring along with Jussi Jokinen. "The kid has confidence, is playing well and has some real offensive instincts,’" Florida coach Gerard Gallant said. "Obviously he put a puck up in an area he knew there would be traffic. He made a great shot." It goes without saying, but if Ekblad is still available on your wire and you need a defenseman, don't waste a second and pick him up now. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nhl/florida-panthers/article3946106.html#storylink=cpy
Nov 15 - 10:02 AM

Aaron Ekblad registered a pair of assists in Tuesday's 4-1 win against the San Jose Sharks.

Ekblad has collected four helpers in his past two games to give him eight points in his first 13 NHL matches. The 18-year-old rookie has been averaging 21:38 of ice time per contest and he leads the Panthers in scoring.
Nov 12 - 10:48 AM

Aaron Ekblad scored his first career NHL goal in the Panthers’ 2-1 victory against the Flyers on Saturday night.

After the game, coach Gerard Gallant also made the obvious official: Ekbland will stay in the NHL and not be returned to juniors. Ekblad’s tally came at 15:38 of the third period on the power play, and it's considered the game-winner, too. The first overall pick from the 2014 draft might not have gaudy offensive numbers just yet — one goal, two assists — but he’s more than held his own early on, and should continue to get more comfortable. Willie Mitchell had the other goal. Jussi Jokinen, Brad Boyes, Brian Campbell and Jimmy Hayes chipped in with the helpers.
Nov 1 - 10:24 PM

It shouldn't come as a surprise, but it's very unlikely that Aaron Ekblad will be returning to junior hockey this season.

"Unless he really collapses, I don't see him going anywhere," Panthers GM Dale Tallon told SI.com. "I've been very impressed with his composure and maturity. Once the regular season started he was a different guy. It was like game on and almost as if he's been around for a long time." Ekblad is averaging 21:56 of ice time per contest and he's been paired with Brian Campbell since the start of the season. He has two assists, nine shots, 10 blocks and a minus-1 rating in eight games thus far.
Oct 31 - 10:24 AM

Aaron Ekblad is feeling more confident in the NHL and coach Gerard Gallant has been impressed by the rookie's progress.

"The kid is playing the way we want him to," Gallant said. "He's looked good. He's playing the way he did in junior although he's playing against men, against NHL players so he's not getting the scoring chances he did. Still, he's putting the puck to the net, moving the puck and defending real well. He's getting better every game." The 18-year-old blueliner has seen his ice time increase each game and in his third NHL appearance Monday he played 23:34.
Oct 15 - 5:54 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nick Bjugstad
2Aleksander Barkov
3Dave Bolland
4Vincent Trocheck
5Brandon Pirri
6Derek MacKenzie
LW1Jussi Jokinen
2Jonathan Huberdeau
3Tomas Fleischmann
4Sean Bergenheim
RW1Brad Boyes
2Scottie Upshall
3Jimmy Hayes
4Tomas Kopecky
5Shawn Thornton
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Brian Campbell
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Erik Gudbranson
5Willie Mitchell
6Dylan Olsen
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya