Aaron Ekblad
Aaron Ekblad
Aaron Ekblad
Aaron Ekblad
22-Year-Old D
2017–18 NHL Stats
2018–19 NHL Projections
G
16
A
22
PP Pts
11
+/-
9
PIM
71
G
A
PP Pts
+/-
PIM
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
The top pick in the 2014 draft, Ekblad has earned comparisons to Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom, but he’s coming off a hugely disappointing season that saw him total career worsts in games played (68), points (21) and rating (minus-23), partly because he never had a c... read more
The top pick in the 2014 draft, Ekblad has earned comparisons to Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom, but he’s coming off a hugely disappointing season that saw him total career worsts in games played (68), points (21) and rating (minus-23), partly because he never had a chance to get going. He was forced to leave the World Cup early in September after suffering from whiplash thanks to a hard hit, then suffered a concussion during the season thanks to another hard hit -- his second such injury in as many seasons. Given the history of players whose careers have been cut short by head trauma, the 21-year-old’s situation is a little concerning, but he’s expected to return at full strength. When healthy, Ekblad is one of the most dependable young defenders in the game, capable of playing in all situations and logging heavy minutes. A return to form for both Ekblad and the Panthers is expected for the upcoming season, and he certainly has the talent to register 40 points if he and the rest of the team’s core can stay on the ice.
SHOOTS: Right   HT: 6'4"   WT: 216 lbs.   DOB: 2/7/1996   Drafted: 1st Rd, #1 Overall in 2014Show Contract
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Aaron Ekblad Contract Info:
Signed an eight-year, $60 million contract extension with the Panthers in July of 2016.
Sets new career highs
DFlorida Panthers
April 12, 2018
Ekblad played in all 82 games this season for the first time in his career, setting personal bests in goals (16), penalty minutes (71), and average time on ice (23:23).
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Aaron Ekblad 2017–18 Depth Chart Status
#1 Right Defenseman
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  1. Aaron Ekblad 2018–19 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Aaron Ekblad 2017–18 Preseason Outlook
    The top pick in the 2014 draft, Ekblad has earned comparisons to Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom, but he’s coming off a hugely disappointing season that saw him total career worsts in games played (68), points (21) and rating (minus-23), partly because he never had a chance to get going. He was forced to leave the World Cup early in September after suffering from whiplash thanks to a hard hit, then suffered a concussion during the season thanks to another hard hit -- his second such injury in as many seasons. Given the history of players whose careers have been cut short by head trauma, the 21-year-old’s situation is a little concerning, but he’s expected to return at full strength. When healthy, Ekblad is one of the most dependable young defenders in the game, capable of playing in all situations and logging heavy minutes. A return to form for both Ekblad and the Panthers is expected for the upcoming season, and he certainly has the talent to register 40 points if he and the rest of the team’s core can stay on the ice.
  3. Aaron Ekblad 2016–17 Preseason Outlook
    Ekblad has been nothing short of spectacular since being drafted first overall in 2014, totaling 75 points and a plus-30 rating in two NHL seasons as a teenager. His points dropped slightly last year from his rookie season (36 from 39), but he compensated for that with a more goal-heavy stat line and better plus-minus. The newly acquired Keith Yandle is likely to serve as Ekblad’s defensive partner; that assignment could lead to a slight reduction in rating, but even more offensive opportunities for the young blue-line stud. Ekblad has started his career on the right foot with consecutive seasons of double-digit goals, and as he rounds into midcareer form as the franchise defenseman he’s destined to be, his stats should only get better.
  4. Aaron Ekblad 2015–16 Preseason Outlook
    At just 18 years old, Ekblad made a huge splash as a rookie. The first overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft finished his inaugural season with 12 goals and 27 assists while playing in 81 games to earn the Calder Trophy. Perhaps the most impressive part of his stat line was the plus-12 rating he managed for a Panthers team that finished with a minus-17 goal differential. Working as one of Florida's top-four defensemen and on the power play (where he tallied six goals in 2014-15), Ekblad is one of the brightest young stars on an up-and-coming team. After finishing second among all rookie defensemen in points in 2014-15, Ekblad has already established himself as a reliable source of scoring from the blue line and should continue to develop into a more complete defenseman over time. Ekblad is a top option in dynasty leagues and likely, a top-20 defenseman in yearly formats.
  5. Aaron Ekblad 2014–15 Preseason Outlook
    Ekblad was the first overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, after he concluded a sensational junior hockey career that included being named the top defenseman in the Ontario Hockey League in 2013-14. Ekblad posted strong offensive numbers as a junior (20 goals and 53 points in 58 games), but has indicated that he wants to focus primarily on his defensive game as a rookie. He is expected to make the Panthers out of training camp, but whether or not he sticks with the team beyond the nine-game window at the start of the season remains to be seen. If Ekblad stays with the club, he would be expected to take a regular shift in the Panthers’ top six, while potentially adding his big shot to the team’s power play. Young defensemen often struggle in their first year (see Jones, Seth), but there is every reason to think that Ekblad will be a force on the back end for Florida sooner rather than later.
Aaron Ekblad News Updates
Buries game-winning tally against Habs
DFlorida Panthers
March 19, 2018
Ekblad scored an unassisted goal and received seven PIM during Monday's 2-0 win over Montreal.
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Riding four-game point streak
DFlorida Panthers
March 5, 2018
Ekblad delivered an assist in a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday.
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Heating up
DFlorida Panthers
February 13, 2018
Ekblad recorded a power-play goal, an assist and four shots during Monday's 7-5 win over Edmonton.
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First multi-point game since start of season
DFlorida Panthers
February 3, 2018
Ekblad scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Red Wings.
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