CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Aaron Ekblad exudes all the qualities that one would want to see from a former first overall pick.
Strong? You better believe it.
He performs at an exceptionally high level, night in and night out, doing it while skating at a position that rarely allows younger players to succeed.
Ekblad, now a ripe 24 years old, is a veteran of this league, with a wealth of knowledge and experience seldom seen in someone his age.
Case in point: Most 24-year-olds haven’t played anywhere to close 450 games in the NHL, a milestone Ekblad surpassed last month.
From his first days as a member of the Florida Panthers, Ekblad has always appeared to be ahead of his time.