Skated in 7:38 of ice time in his NHL debut at FLA (2/27) ... Recalled from Hershey (2/26) ... Registered 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) and 18 penalty minutes in 47 games with Hershey (AHL) this season.
QMJHL All-Rookie Team (2008) Canadian Major Junior All-Rookie Team (2008) QMJHL Second All-Star Team (2010)
Traded to Toronto by Anaheim for Luca Caputi, January 3, 2012. Traded to Washington by Toronto for Kevin Marshall, March 14, 2013.
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