WHL East Second All-Star Team (2001) WHL East First All-Star Team (2002) Canadian Major Junior Second All-Star Team (2002) AHL All-Rookie Team (2003)
Traded to Florida by NY Rangers with Igor Ulanov, NY Rangers' 1st (later traded to Calgary Calgary selected Eric Nystrom) and 2nd (Rob Globke) round choices in 2002 Entry Draft and NY Rangers' 4th round choice (later traded to Atlanta Atlanta selected Guillaume Desbiens) in 2003 Entry Draft for Pavel Bure and Florida's 2nd round choice (Lee Falardeau) in 2002 Entry Draft, March 18, 2002. Missed entire 2003-04 due to ankle injury in training camp, September 17, 2003. Traded to Ottawa by Florida for future considerations, October 5, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, August 13, 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