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11-30-2013, 04:12 PM
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With the 2nd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers are proud to select:

Aaron Ekblad, defenseman, Barrie Colts (OHL)
6'4'', 216 lbs, right-handed
from Belle River, Ontario

Even though our prospect pool doesn't have much depth in offense compared to defense (Nurse, Klefbom, Marincin), I still believe Ekblad is the right choice here. BPA with the 2nd pick, and also possibly the best player in the draft. With Aaron in our team, we can get rid of guys like Corey Potter and give him a roster spot already next year. Seth Jones was ready this year, and Ekblad will be when 2014-15 season starts. And in long-term, he'll form the base of Oilers defense with Justin Schultz and Darnell Nurse.

Not the worst year to have the #2 pick, but... it would be fun to win soon.

Originally Posted by Craig Button (TSN)
Aaron is the proverbial 'workhorse' defenceman. Capable of playing significant minutes, he has a seemingly ability to get better the more he plays and he seems to thrive on these types of demands. Smart and capable of playing in all situations, he is also capable of dominating opponents. Defensively, offensively, skill game or physical game, Aaron can excel in all types of games. Top 2 type defenceman.
Originally Posted by Tyler Parchem (EliteProspects)
Just the second player to be granted exceptional status in the OHL. Ekblad is a true "two-way" defenseman. He makes great passes, uses his size to his advantage, plays the body, quarterbacks the power play, can take over the game in any of the three zones and has great hockey sense.

2011-12 Barrie Colts (OHL) 63, 10+19=29, 34 PIM, -5 | Playoffs 13, 2 +3=5, 8 PIM, -1
2012-13 Barrie Colts (OHL) 54, 7+27=34, 64 PIM, +29 | Playoffs 22, 7+10=17, 28 PIM, +11
2013-14 Barrie Colts (OHL) 24, 8+14=22, 35 PIM, -2

Florida Panthers are now on the clock.

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