20. Aaron Ekblad
While it seems a little premature to put a 20 year old, two year NHL veteran this high on the list, the fact is that Aaron Ekblad has proved to be a very solid blueliner in his brief career.  Ekblad has done a great job on both sides of the ice and is one of the few Florida Panthers with a significantly high Plus/Minus.  Should his offense continue to improve he would be a .5 Point per Game player, an excellent number for a Defenceman in the modern era, though as a former number one pick, the expectations are naturally very high, though with a Calder Trophy and an All Star Game appearance under his belt, he is well on pace to meet them.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defence
  • Acquired: Drafted in the 1st Round, 1st Overall 6/27/14.
  • Games Played: 159
  • Notable Statistics: 27 Goals
    48 Assists
    75 Points
    73 PIM
    .47 PPG
    +30 Plus/Minus
    16.7 Point Shares
    1 Point in 6 Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Calder Trophy (2015)
    All Star Game Participant (2015)
    First Team All-Rookie (2015)
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