CAREER: In the 1st season of a 2-year contract...2011 AHL All-Rookie Team...2010 WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, WCHA First All-Star Team, NCAA West First All-American Team and Hobey Baker Award Finalist.
2013-14: Ranked T3rd among DET D in points (19) and 2nd on team in PIM (68)...Had 13 points (4-9-13) and +4 rating in 37 road games and 6 points (1-5-6) and -6 rating in 34 home games...Scored his 1st goal of the season on 12/28 at FLA...Recorded a season-high 2 points on 11/29 at NYI (0-2-2) and 3/22 at MIN (1-1-2)...Posted a plus rating in 6 straight games (11/24-12/6)...Fighting majors: 11/3 at EDM (Will Acton) and 11/24 vs. OTT (Chris Neil)...Multi-point games: 2...Man Games Lost: 6
OTHER: Brendan has two brothers: Rory plays professional lacrosse for the Buffalo Bandits and Reilly is a forward for BOS...Recorded 87 points (26-61-87) in 96 games with Wisconsin Badgers from 2007-10.
WCHA First All-Star Team (2010) NCAA West First All-American Team (2010) NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (2010) AHL All-Rookie Team (2011)
Unless he really collapses, I don't see him going anywhere. I've been very impressed with his composure and maturity. Once the regular season started, he was a different guy; it was like game on and almost as if he's been around for a long time.
— Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon on rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad