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12-26-2013, 09:40 PM
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Aaron Ekblad is right on. GMs want players that are versatile, and Ekblad is exactly that. Aaron Ekblad is a leader on top of his skill. He is the captain of his OHL team and captained the Under-17 World Hockey Championship team this past year. He also captained this year’s Canadian Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup team that won a gold medal.

“Aaron is the proverbial ‘workhorse’ defenseman. (He’s) 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 defenseman

So you see there that he is thought of very highly. He has the potential to be a top defensive pairing franchise defenseman in the National Hockey League. Whoever gets Ekblad will get a player that could be able to play in his first year after the draft. He is big enough, and his level of play is well beyond the average 17-year-old in juniors.

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