Aaron Ekblad | D Barrie Colts | OHL
Height: 6’4” Weight: 217 Shoots: Rights
Born: February 7, 1996

Career Statistics
2011-2012 Barrie GP: 63 G: 10 A: 19 P: 29 +/-: -5 PIM: 34
2012-2013 Barrie GP: 54   G: 7 A: 27 P: 34 +/-: 29 PIM: 64

Player Overview

After earning "exceptional status" from Hockey Canada, Ekblad
has earned the Captaincy for the 2013-2014 season
(Photo Credit: Hockeys Future)
Ekblad is truly, and quite literally an exceptional player. Earning “exceptional status” for Hockey Canada, allowing him to be drafted into the OHL an entire year early, the big defenseman was very impressive during his first season in the OHL, as a fifteen year old. Earning the Emms Family Award as the rookie of the year in 2012, Ekblad has shown that he deserved the opportunity to play as an underager.

Relied on heavily, Ekblad currently finds himself on the Colts top defensive pairing as well as their power play and penalty killing units. Blessed with great size, the competitive Ekblad is more than just a physical presence on the blueline though. And while the young defender cites his skating and footwork as areas in need of improvement, it hasn’t affected his ability to play a great two way game. An accurate passer, Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards adds a strong and accurate shot to Ekblad’s offensive repertoire.

However, it is not solely the tangible skills that make him such a sought after prospect. Over the past few season’s, Ekblad’s leadership attributes have been rewarded. Serving as the Captain of Team Ontario 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge and of Team Canada at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Tournament, Ekblad was also named Captain of a “somewhat veteran,” Barrie Colts team for the 2013-2014 season. Former teammate and current Winnipeg Jet, Mark Scheifele, has also commended this rising star for his locker room presence and “lead by example” demeanor.

Coming into the 2013-2014 season, Head Coach Dale Hawerchuk claimed that Ekblad would be even better than he was before. And while Barrie hasn’t yet had the success envisioned, currently at 4-6, Ekblad’s production hasn’t suffered. In the team’s first eleven games, the Captain has scored four goals while adding four assists. Much like in season’s past, he will rely on his mental and physical preparation as he looks to continue his strong play. Ekblad will surely give Kootenay Captain, Sam Reinhart, a run for his money to be drafted first overall come June.