It was a little more than four months ago that Ekblad was here for a much different purpose, the 2014 NHL Draft, when the Panthers selected him with the first pick.
"I kind of remember [where I sat]," Ekblad said after the Panthers optional morning skate. "Off to the side there. I pointed it out to one of the guys."
Since that day in late June, Ekblad has emerged as one of the Panthers' top defensemen. He has one goal and four points in 10 games, and he's averaging 21:41 of ice time per game, fourth on the Panthers and second among NHL rookies.
Not bad for the youngest player in the League, who won't turn 19 until February.