2013-14: Skated in 10:42 at TBL, Mar. 10…Recalled from Portland (AHL) on Mar. 9…Led the Pirates and was 5th in the AHL in scoring (23-35-58 in 56 games ) at the time of his recall…Skated in 14:11 of ice time with 2 shots vs. NSH, Oct. 31…Recorded his 1st career NHL point (assist) and his 1st career NHL multi-point game (0-2-2) vs. LAK, Oct. 29…Recalled from Portland (AHL) Oct. 27…Collected 5-3-8 in 6 games with the Pirates at the time of his recall.
2012-13: Skated in 9:02 vs. DAL, Feb. in his season debut with Coyotes…Recalled from Portland (AHL) on Feb. 1…Played in 70 games with the Pirates, recording 19-24-53 as an alternate captain.
NOTES: 2010-11 Hobey Baker Award winner as member of Miami (OH) RedHawks (CCHA)…Assistant captain for Miami...Led the nation in scoring (24-47-71) in 2010-11 and was CCHA Player of the Year...Had a 17-game point streak (Jan. 8 - Mar. 19) that season during which he posted 38 points (tying school record).
CCHA Second All-Star Team (2010) CCHA First All-Star Team (2011) CCHA Player of the Year (2011) NCAA West First All-American Team (2011) Hobey Baker Memorial Award (Top U.S. Collegiate Player) (2011)
Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, April 2, 2011.
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