WJC-A All-Star Team (1999) Named Best Defenseman at WJC-A (1999)
Signed as a free agent by Voskresensk (Russia), August 25, 2004. Traded to Atlanta by Anaheim for Karl Stewart, Atlanta's 2nd round choice (later traded to Colorado - Colorado selected T.J. Galiardi) in 2007 Entry Draft and future considerations, August 17, 2006. Traded to Nashville by Atlanta for Eric Belanger, February 10, 2007. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 10, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (KHL). August 26, 2008.
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