2013-14: Split campaign between NJ (26 games) and Albany (AHL, 33) during third pro season…Began season on NHL roster; appeared in 20 of team’s first 23 contests, including season-high 14 straight Oct. 24-Nov. 23…Placed on I.R. Dec. 1, retroactive to Nov. 23; missed 21 games Nov. 25-Jan. 7 with lower body injury…Activated off I.R./assigned to Alb. Jan. 9…NHL totals showed 1g-2a-3pts, including first career game-winning goal Nov. 16 vs. Pit…AHL totals showed 3g-16a-19pts overall, including points in back-to-back games 4 times, most recently Mar. 22-23 (2g-1a-3pts)…Recorded 3a Jan. 11 vs. Man…Recalled from Alb. under emer. cond. Mar. 31, played in 6 of NJ’s final 8 games…Re-assigned to AHL upon completion of regular-season schedule; appeared in all four of A-Devils’ post-season contests.
Unless he really collapses, I don't see him going anywhere. I've been very impressed with his composure and maturity. Once the regular season started, he was a different guy; it was like game on and almost as if he's been around for a long time.
— Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon on rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad