Traded to San Jose by Colorado for Colorado's 5th round choice (previously acquired, Colorado selected Brad Richardson) in 2003 Entry Draft, June 21, 2003. Missed majority of 2005-06 due to facial (pre-season) and head (November 21, 2005 at Edmonton) injuries. Traded to Colorado by San Jose for Colorado's 6th round choice (later traded back to Colorado - Colorado selected Jonas Holos) in 2008 Entry Draft, February 27, 2007. Missed majority of 2006-07 due to back and ankle injuries. Missed majority of 2007-08 as a healthy reserve. Officially announced his retirement, September 7, 2009.
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