2012-2013: Earned second recall on Mar. 13...Made NHL debut on Mar. 5 vs. WPG...Recalled on Mar. 5...Tied for team lead in goals (17) and led team in points (37) in 50 games played at time of recall...Has recorded 10 multi-point games...Posted three points (2-1-3) Jan. 6 vs PEO...Recorded three points (1-2-3) Nov. 25 vs TEX...Scored two goals Nov. 13 vs HOU...Netted two goals Nov. 2 vs GR...Picked up first point (assist) in San Antonio debut Oct. 13 vs TEX.
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