Panthers snare Ekblad with first-overall pick
June 27, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Florida Panthers picked defenseman Aaron Ekblad with the first overall selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on Friday at Wells Fargo Center.
Ekblad, a dynamic presence on the blueline for the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League, posted 23 goals and 53 points in 58 regular-season games in 2013-14. He added two goals and four assists over nine playoff contests.
"It's unbelievable. It's cool to have my family and friends here supporting me," said Ekblad following his selection by the Panthers. "I believe they're an up-and-coming team and I feel that this is where I can facilitate my development and win a Stanley Cup in the next few years."