Signed as a free agent by Providence (AHL), January 24, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 11, 2000. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 21, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 21, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Hamilton (AHL), July 10, 2006.
What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.
— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp