Traded to Phoenix by New Jersey for Kevin Cormier, September 12, 2008. Traded to Vancouver by Phoenix with Phoenix's 6th round choice (Alex Friesen) in 2010 Entry Draft for Mathieu Schneider, March 3, 2010. Traded to Florida by Vancouver for Nathan Paetsch, October 7, 2010. Traded to Boston by Florida with future considerations for Jeff LoVecchio and Jordan Knackstedt, December 9, 2010. Traded to Anaheim by Boston with Brian McGrattan for David Laliberte and Stefan Chaput, February 27, 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