Finnish Elite League Rookie of the Year (1996) Finnish Elite League Player of the Year (1997) IHL Second All-Star Team (2000)
Traded to Florida by Ottawa for Billy Thompson and Greg Watson, October 1, 2002. Claimed by Carolina from Florida in Waiver Draft, October 3, 2003. Traded to Atlanta by Carolina for Atlanta's 4th round choice (Brett Carson) in 2004 Entry Draft, October 3, 2003. Missed entire 2003-04 and 2004-05 due to back injury in training camp, October, 2003. Traded to Anaheim by Atlanta for Joel Stepp, March 1, 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