Defenseman Aaron Ekblad ready for Panthers’ camp

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

FL, United States (4E Sports) – After suffering a concussion in an exhibition game for the Canada World Junior team, defenseman Aaron Ekblad said he is feeling good and is ready to attend the Panthers’ training camp.

“The concussion is almost perfectly, completely gone. I feel great,” Ekblad stated.

Ekblad is already working to return to his game while keeping in touch with the doctors.

“The work I’m doing is just getting back to normal paces. Getting game ready on the ice and just doing little things off the ice to get back up to what I was doing before,” he stated.

The No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft attended NHL development camp before attending Hockey Canada World Junior summer camp.

Here he got the chance to meet young players like him who will be helping rebuild the Panthers.

Ekblad said, “[Aleksander] Barkov and [Vincent] Trocheck are two guys who were at development camp, so I got to meet them.”

“[I] got a few texts from Jonathan Huberdeau and Erik Gudbranson. It was pretty nice of those guys to do that,” he added.

Ekblad was happy being welcomed by these guys to the team.

The 18-year-old is also looking forward to playing with the Panthers’ latest acquisitions.

Including veteran forwards Jussi Jokinen, Dave Bolland, Shawn Thornton and defenseman Willie Mitchell.

Ekblad stated towards playing with seasoned veterans, “It’s pretty cool to think that I’ll have that opportunity.”

He is looking to be in the team’s opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 9.

“I’m prepared to play in the NHL this year and really battle for a spot,” Eklad stated.

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