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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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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. Oct 9 - 1:22 PM

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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.
Oct 8 - 8:37 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.
Sep 29 - 3:26 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.
Sep 28 - 2:26 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.
Sep 27 - 6:31 PM

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

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.
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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Aleksander Barkov
2Vincent Trocheck
3Nick Bjugstad
4Denis Malgin
5Derek MacKenzie
6Kyle Rau
7Greg McKegg
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jussi Jokinen
3Jonathan Marchessault
4Jared McCann
RW1Jaromir Jagr
2Reilly Smith
3Colton Sceviour
4Shawn Thornton
5Shane Harper
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Keith Yandle
3Jason Demers
4Mark Pysyk
5Alex Petrovic
6Michael Matheson
7Steven Kampfer
G1Roberto Luongo
2James Reimer