LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Aaron Ekblad played top-pairing minutes as a rookie, and the Florida Panthers' No. 1 pick from a year ago earned the Calder Trophy as a result.
Ekblad finished just ahead of Mark Stone from the Ottawa Senators and Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames in a tight race to be named rookie of the year.
The Windsor, Ont., native set Florida franchise records for goals (12), assists (27) and points by a rookie.
Ekblad's consistency throughout the season was enough to get him the Calder over Stone and Gaudreau, who had torrid second halves for playoff teams.