Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 2, 2008. Missed majority of 2009-10 due to chest injury in pre-season game at Austin (AHL), September 27, 2009. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, August 30, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Iserlohn (Germany), July 28, 2011.
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