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Panthers defenceman Aaron Ekblad wins Calder Trophy as top NHL rookie

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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.

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