Aaron Ekblad Draft Report | The Scouting Report

D Aaron Ekblad | Barrie Colts (OHL)

Shoots: Right
Date of Birth: 1996-02-07
Height: 6.03
Weight: 216 lbs.
NHL Draft Eligible: 2014
TSR NHL Draft Rank: 2

Scouting report

Receiving exceptional player status in the OHL can be hard enough. You can magnify that when you’re only the second player to receive such status in league history; following in the footsteps of some guy named John Tavares. Aaron Ekblad was that guy, and he played the part well as he went on to become the OHL’s Rookie of the Year in his first season. The 17-year-old, Belle River, Ont. native is an imposing presence on the blueline as his tenacity and physical presence in combination with his size are an extremely rare combination. Ekblad’s offensive game has continued to evolve and his heavy shot and offensive zone skills project well to the next level. Ekblad has always been labeled as having ‘heavy feet’, but as he continues to develop it looks like an area of his game that is becoming less of a concern.

Player Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Sun County Panthers Bantam AAAAHBPL- - -- -|        
 2010-2011 Sun County Panthers Mn Mdgt AAAAHMMPL30 4 3034 34|Playoffs18 5 1621 14 
  Sun County Panthers Mn Mdgt AAAMidget62 14 5367 66|        
 2011-2012 Barrie ColtsOHL63 10 1929 34|Playoffs13 2 35
  Canada Ontario U17WHC-175 1 23 4|        
 2012-2013 Barrie ColtsOHL54 7 2734 64|Playoffs22 7 1017 28 
  Canada Ontario U17WHC-175 2 46 4|        
 2013-2014 Barrie ColtsOHL58 23 3053 91|Playoffs9 2 46 14 
  Canada U18Hlinka Memorial5 2 24 4|        
  Canada U20WJC-207 1 12 2|        

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2014 NHL Draft Rankings

1. C Sam Reinhart Kootenay Ice
2. D Aaron Ekblad Barrie Colts
3. C Michael Dal Colle Oshawa Generals
4. C Leon Draisaitl Prince Albert Raiders
5. C William Nylander Rogle
6. LW Nick Ritchie Peterborough Petes
7. D Haydn Fleury Red Deer Rebels
8. D Roland McKeown Kingston Frontenacs
9. LW Sam Bennett Kingston Frontenacs
10. C Jared McCann Soo Greyhounds

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