CAREER: In 3rd year of a 3-year entry-level contract...2013 Calder Cup champion with Grand Rapids, tying for AHL rookie lead in playoff scoring...Made his NHL debut on 4/7/12 vs. CHI.
2013-14: Finished 9th on DET in pts. (24) despite only 42 GP...Ranked among DET leaders w/ a 15.3 SH% (2nd) and a +8 rating (5th)...Recorded points in back-to-back games on 7 occasions...Ended regular season on 3-game goal streak, 4/8-4/13...Scored 1st NHL goal on 1/11 at LA (Jonathan Quick)...Recorded 1st NHL points (0-2-2) on 12/21 at TOR...Also had 18 points (8-10-18) in 31 games with GR...Multi-point games: 5.
OTHER: Had 64 points (20-44-64) in 114 games with Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2009-12)...Was a finalist for 2012 CCHA Best Defensive Forward Award, finishing 2nd to now-teammate Luke Glendening...Combined with Danny DeKeyser to give DET 2 rookies with 22+ points for the first time since 1991-92 (Nicklas Lidstrom, Vladimir Konstantinov).
He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.
— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers