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RD Aaron Ekblad - Barrie Colts, OHL (2014, 1st overall, Florida)

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03-31-2011, 12:27 PM
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There is no comparison. He is one of only three players to get exceptional OHL status with the others being Spezza and Tavares. Enough said.
Ok well I know he is only the 2nd player to get exceptional status, but I mean how does he compare to the top players a year older than him? Will he go 1st in the draft?

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03-31-2011, 12:57 PM
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Ok well I know he is only the 2nd player to get exceptional status, but I mean how does he compare to the top players a year older than him? Will he go 1st in the draft?
I've heard it's a very weak draft and Domi looks serious about going to college. I would think he's the favourite.

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03-31-2011, 12:58 PM
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Your right. He was drafted a year after playing a year with the Battalion. The rule at the time was that players could play with their hometown OHL teams if they where deemed good enough by the team.
Spezza moved from Mississauga to Brampton to play the year with the Battalion, who was a strong team at the time.

Its a common mistake reported in the papers.
Basically the same thing though. He played a year before his real rookie season.

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03-31-2011, 01:00 PM
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Basically the same thing though. He played a year before his real rookie season.
But it wasn't the current exceptional player status rule. Rico Fata played under the same rule as Spezza with the Soo as a 15 year old.

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03-31-2011, 01:16 PM
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Wow, I remember reading about him but I wouldn't have thought he would get it.

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03-31-2011, 01:20 PM
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Kid must be real special, especially because he is a defenceman. Cant wait to see what he can do!

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But it wasn't the current exceptional player status rule. Rico Fata played under the same rule as Spezza with the Soo as a 15 year old.
Exactly. There was no application proccess, and it was up to the individual teams.

Its a very different process now involving the OHF, the OHL and its teams have nothing to do with it now.

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03-31-2011, 02:20 PM
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Ok well I know he is only the 2nd player to get exceptional status, but I mean how does he compare to the top players a year older than him? Will he go 1st in the draft?
Barrie will take him 1st overall. They've already mentioned him in a press package of sorts to their season ticket holders.

When I saw him at the Silverstick in November, I thought he was the second best defenseman next to Honeybaked's Alex Smith. Point being, he certainly holds his own against the top 95's.

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03-31-2011, 03:33 PM
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Can anyone provide a brief scouting report? Is he more offensively or defensively inclined? Good skater for his size? Any info would be much appreciated.

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03-31-2011, 10:48 PM
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Can anyone provide a brief scouting report? Is he more offensively or defensively inclined? Good skater for his size? Any info would be much appreciated.
As you would expect, his physical gifts are vastly superior for his age group. His ability to skate and get around the ice at 6'3, 200lbs is simply something that doesn't happen often. Players his size at his age are often awkward and uncoordinated which is completely not the case with him. He is smooth and agile and has excellent lateral movement possessing the ability to dominate the game by passing or by carrying the puck.

When a player is this advanced at such a young age it is hard to find many negatives to his game, but of course any young player has to continue to improve all areas of their game. The only question you can have at this point is if he will continue to be a dominant player when his physical gifts aren't at such an advantage. In the OHL there will be players that are as big and as fast so he won't be able to just rely on his raw ability like he can against players his age.

But if you haven't seen him play then all you really need to do is think about all the recent superstars who didn't get exceptional status. I don't know if any of these guys even applied for it but when you think of the likes of Stamkos, Hall, Doughty, Duchene etc, who didn't get it or didn't apply, then its definitely pretty incredible that this kid did.


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03-31-2011, 10:50 PM
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Cue the "Next One" talk...

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First defenseman to get exceptional status. Should be interesting at the least to see him play.

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03-31-2011, 11:02 PM
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I can't be the only one who thought this said Eklund at first glance. Anyways, 6'3 200 lbs is massive for a 15 year old.

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Cue the "Next One" talk...
Way too early.

I'm worried this kid will get too much riding on him. He would definitely be the best '95 defencemen, but if he were a '95 birth date he would arguably not be the top pick. I think he'll still play four years in Barrie before going to the show, but his size and hockey IQ is something to watch for.

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I'm around 3 months older than this kid and i'm 5'11, 130 lbs. The best hockey player I know (Drafted to Calgary's WHL team, plays AAA Major/AJHL) is 6'1, 170 lbs. This Ekblad guy is gonna be ****ing massive.

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04-01-2011, 01:19 AM
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This kid could very well be 6-5 230 at the time of his draft. Pause for a moment to consider the ridiculousness. That's only 2 inches in height and 30 lbs. of muscle in 3 years.

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But if you haven't seen him play then all you really need to do is think about all the recent superstars who didn't get exceptional status. I don't know if any of these guys even applied for it but when you think of the likes of Stamkos, Hall, Doughty, Duchene etc, who didn't get it or didn't apply, then its definitely pretty incredible that this kid did.

For what its worth I know Logan Couture applied for exceptional status and was told no dice. Pretty sure he and his dad were pretty pissed about it too.

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04-01-2011, 03:44 AM
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This kid could very well be 6-5 230 at the time of his draft. Pause for a moment to consider the ridiculousness. That's only 2 inches in height and 30 lbs. of muscle in 3 years.
Unless he went through puberty really early, which may very well be the case, he probably still has a lot of growing to do from 14 (turned 15 a month ago), from personal experience, being 17 now in the last 2-3 years me and 80 percent of my friends have grown at least 4 inches. I only grew 3 inches of height but I play football and rugby and I'm in the weight room a lot (not as much as him, I'm damn sure) and I've added 20 pounds since grade 9.. So basically.. In a few years:

6'6'' 245 may very well be what you're looking at for an athlete of this caliber with the resources he has at his disposal.

Or maybe he'll be the exact same.. Who knows!

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What do these guys eat...seriously. I'm 6''0 and I feel short when I see a 15 year old that is 6"3 203 lbs.

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Unless he went through puberty really early, which may very well be the case, he probably still has a lot of growing to do from 14 (turned 15 a month ago), from personal experience, being 17 now in the last 2-3 years me and 80 percent of my friends have grown at least 4 inches. I only grew 3 inches of height but I play football and rugby and I'm in the weight room a lot (not as much as him, I'm damn sure) and I've added 20 pounds since grade 9.. So basically.. In a few years:

6'6'' 245 may very well be what you're looking at for an athlete of this caliber with the resources he has at his disposal.

Or maybe he'll be the exact same.. Who knows!
Exactly. He may grow he may not. I had a friend who was 6'4 at 13 but never grew again.

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On sportscenter this kid looked 22 years old.

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So "Next Chris Pronger" hype starts when?

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I've heard it's a very weak draft and Domi looks serious about going to college. I would think he's the favourite.
How can it possibly be known that its a weak draft already when the kids who will be in it are 15 years old!?

More likely to have a clearer picture of the strength of the draft class in 2 years.

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Will definitely have Barrie games marked on my calendar when they visit both Owen Sound and Niagara. Can't wait to see this kid in person! Hopefully he doesnt let me down in junior like Tavares did...

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Ekblad, Rundblad, Larsson, Ekman-Larsson,


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