2014 NHL Draft: Florida Panthers select Aaron Ekblad first overall

Mitchell Leff

Despite rumours of a trade, the Panthers kept their pick and took Aaron Ekblad.

Dale Tallon teased for days that he would be trading the Panther's 1st round selection, but in the end he decided to keep it and draft hulking defenseman Aaron Ekblad from the Ontario Hockey League.

Ekblad is one of very few players in the history of the CHL to get special dispensation to play at 15 years old, though the selection is a high risk one, with Ekblad being a fairly poor even strength scorer for a 1st overall selection, even for a defenseman.

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