* Appeared in his first game of the season on 10/15 vs. OTT, skating 6:58 with one shot and two hits
Missed majority of 2008-09 due to recurring shoulder injury. Missed majority of 2009-10 due to hand injury and as a healthy reserve. Traded to Washigton by St. Louis for Stefan Della Rovere, July 28, 2010. Missed majority of 2010-11 as a healthy reserve.
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