played 54 games split between Chicago Wolves and Abbotsford Heat netting 9 goals and adding 14 assists for 23 points and 73 penalty minutes ... recalled from Chicago (AHL) on Apr.2
Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, September 24, 2008. Traded to Calgary by St. Louis with Reto Berra and St. Louis' 1st round choice (Emile Poirier) in 2013 Entry Draft for Jay Bouwmeester, April 1, 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