|Current Team||Barrie (OHL)|
FLA expected to announce today the signing of 2014 1st overall pick Aaron Ekblad.
CBSSports.com "Florida Panthers fans can now officially celebrate the dawning of the Aaron Ekblad era. Two months after selecting him with the first-overall pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the Panthers signed the 18-year-old defenseman to his entry-level contract Wednesday. “We are very pleased to have..." September 03
Toronto Star "Aaron Ekblad is getting back to work. The first overall draft pick of the Florida Panthers said on Saturday he’s free of any concussion-like symptoms less than three weeks after he took a hard hit in a world junior exhibition game. “The concussion is perfectly, completely gone. I feel..." August 26
Miami Herald "Among the dozens of young hockey players skating around the Panthers training facility Monday afternoon, Aaron Ekblad stood out. Unlike all but one other player, Ekblad has a single digit on his back. Ekblad's No. 5 will likely remain with him not only through this development camp but through..." July 08
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "There were no pucks flying around Wells Fargo Center, but there were plenty of trade rumors involving the Panthers' overall No. 1 pick right up to 45 minutes before NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman walked onto the podium at 7:13 p.m. to a rousing chorus of boos from Flyers fans to begin the 52nd NHL..." June 28
NHL.com "If the Florida Panthers retain the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, they likely will select Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad out of the Ontario Hockey League, according to a report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The 6-foot-3, 213-pound defenseman is No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's..." June 10
NHL.com "Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad doesn't consider himself to be arrogant, but he's confident that he's ready to make the jump to the NHL next season. "That's the way I believe in myself," he said. "I wouldn't say I'm cocky but I'm confident and I believe that if I work hard and do all the..." June 01
NHL.com "Many pundits considered the inclusion of forward Jonathan Drouin on the Canadian roster a bit of a surprise at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia last season. There was no question about Drouin's inclusion this season, and he might be..." December 02
Chatham-Kent Sports Network "Belle River’s Aaron Ekblad is sitting among the NHL’s elite prospects according to the NHL’s CSS preliminary rankings released this past week. Ekblad, rated an ‘A’ prospect, is predicted by many to go Number 1 or Number 2 overall in this spring’s NHL draft. The Barrie Colts captain, is the top..." November 19
|1||Sabres||Connor McDavid||Erie Otters|
|2||Blue Jackets||Jack Eichel||Boston University|
|3||Hurricanes||Noah Hanifin||Boston College Eagles|
|4||Stars||Oliver Kylington||Färjestad BK|
|5||Panthers||Lawson Crouse||Kingston Frontenacs|
|6||Avalanche||Pavel Zacha||HC Bílí Tygři Liberec|
|7||Oilers||Dylan Strome||Erie Otters|
|8||Coyotes||Mathew Barzal||Seattle Thunderbirds|
|9||Lightning*||Mitchell Marner||London Knights|
Draft order yet to be confirmed. Pick order based on current standings.
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