CAREER: Spent the last four seasons in the KHL and MHL, Russia’s top junior league ... Has 11 points (4-7-11) in 82 career KHL games ... Tallied 78 points (18-60-84) in 84 MHL games ... Captured the MHL championship in 2011, leading all defensemen in scoring ... Teammate of Pavel Datsyuk with CSKA Moscow during NHL lockout in 2012-13
2013-14: Recorded 16 points (2-14-16) in 33 games with Grand Rapids ... Tied for team lead and for AHL rookie lead with a plus-15 rating ... Scored in his AHL debut, 10/4 at Rochester ... Registered four points (1-3-4) in his first 3 AHL games.
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