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Calgary Flames select Aaron Ekblad with fourth overall selection

by Jason Johnson / Calgary Flames

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The Calgary Flames announced today that with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, they have selected defenceman Aaron Ekblad from the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League.

Ekblad, in his third season with the Colts, was tied for fifth in scoring among OHL defencemen with 53 points (23G, 30A) in 58 games and led all OHL blueliners with 23 goals. Ekblad was the recipient of the Max Kaminsky Trophy awarded annually to the OHL’s Most Outstanding Defenceman of the Year.

The 6-foot-4, 217-pound forward ranked No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2014 Draft.

He represented Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, and captained Team Orr at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Calgary. Ekblad was also recognized by Eastern Conference teams in the annual Coaches Poll finishing first in four categories including Hardest Shot, Best Shot, Best Offensive Defenceman, and Best Defensive Defenceman.

In 2012-13 the Belle River, ON native was limited to 54 regular season games due to injury. He would go on to score seven goals, 34 points and a plus-29 rating. Ekblad finished second among defencemen in playoff scoring with 17 points (7G, 10A), along with a plus-11 rating, in 22 games.

The Colts made Ekblad their No. 1 pick in the 2011 OHL Bantam Draft. Ekblad would register 10 goals and 29 points in 63 games that first year and earned OHL Rookie of the Year honors as well as being named to the OHL All-Rookie Team.

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