I can agree to that; in fact you can argue that Ekblad is the best junior defensemen in the country ages 16-19. The guy is having a monster play-off. I can see where come this Christmas he is probably in the 2nd pairing. But he has to sustain it from Sept to December. Younger players are hardly ever given the benefit of the doubt.
I'm of the opinion Ekblad will go ahead of Reinhart next year. He's an absolute beast to watch.