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Aaron Ekblad

Date of Birth February 7, 1996
Height 6' 3.5
Weight 216
Country Canada
Position Defense
Shoots Left
Amateur Team Barrie Colts
Draft History
Drafted in 2014 NHL Draft: 1st Round, 1st Overall Pick by Florida Florida
DraftSite Scouting Report Ekblad is another prospect who has taken a ton of criticism for looking "ordinary." Big defenders seem to always look like they are lumbering (not standing out as a "flash and dash" players,) even while playing solid. Plays big, calm, and poised. Shows physicality, and can dominate, because he is bigger than most opponents. Excellent transition passer,and has a hard point shot. A good balanced skater who has improved his lateral agility, which will help close gaps. With big men, you usually wait for the feet to catch up with the body. When his do, you may see an improving offensive game. It is easy to overlook the lack of wow factor with him when you realize you are getting a huge defender who will play in the bigs. Panic-free big defender with agility, great skating ability, and controlled play. Size, skill, smarts and hockey sense and plays all phases so well. Has a great stick, and is excellent in transition and a fine long passer.Has size, skill, smarts and hockey sense. Plays all phases so well.

--Bill Placzek--
2014 NHL Mock DraftRd # Team
DraftSite Mock Draft Projection11Florida Florida
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User Scouting Reports

An outstanding defenseman that plays the game very similar to Chris Pronger. He is also VERY similar to Sam Reinhart other than his extra added grit and the position he plays. He is projected to be a top 2 defenseman and is the least likely of his draft class to be a bust. Aaron can be inconsistent, however if he is on his game, he will easily be the best player on that given night. He is a big defender so in terms of growth there is none needed, as he will make an imediate impact in the NHL. The best defender since Pronger should be drafted 1st in the upcoming 2014 NHL Draft.

on 04/21/14 9:07 am (ET)

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on 06/19/14 6:07 am (ET)

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