2013-14: Assigned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) Oct. 6 ... Made NHL debut Oct. 5 vs. OTT ... Recalled from the Marlies Oct. 5 ... Played 3 preseason games for the Leafs, collecting 1 assist with 7 shots on goal.
2012-13: Played 55 games for the Toronto Marlies (AHL) collecting 33 points (13 goals, 20 assists) with 10 penalty minutes ... Ranked 1st among all Marlies rookies in goals, assists and points ... Played 5 playoff games for the Marlies collecting 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) with 2 penalty minutes.
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