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Update: Panthers’ Ekblad suffers concussion

Aug 6, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

Defenseman Aaron Ekblad suffered a concussion Tuesday night during a 6-2 win over the Czech Republic in a scrimmage.

Ekblad, the Florida Panthers’ first overall pick at June’s NHL draft, left in the third period after an open-ice collision with defenseman Lukas Klok.

The 18-year-old was not on the ice Wednesday morning and following practice Hockey Canada updated his status:

The good news is Florida fully expects Ekblad to be ready for its mini camp next month.

“As announced earlier today by Team Canada, D Aaron Ekblad suffered a concussion during an exhibition game last night,” said Panthers general manager Dale Tallon in a statement. “We have been in communication with Team Canada and have mutually agreed to hold Aaron out for the remainder of the summer development camp, as a precautionary measure. We will closely monitor Aaron’s health for the remainder of the off-season and expect him to be ready for our rookie camp in mid-September.”

Given that Ekblad is likely to make the Panthers out of camp, it’s doubtful he’ll even be made available for Team Canada by Florida for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, which takes place in Montreal and Toronto.

Related: Get to know a draft pick – Aaron Ekblad

  1. alicesrightfootesq - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    GOD OH GOD

  2. patthehockeyfan - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Uh-oh! Not good news. Not at all.

    Get well, kid.

  3. buddysguys - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Sam Reinhart scored twice…..BOOM.

  4. anthj99 - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    The promising career that never was.

  5. rsmaggiemae - Aug 7, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    I personally am not in favor of pro’s or elite draft picks playing in any games other than the NHL I dont even care for it in the Olympics… there is too much at stake for every team…
    This could and I hope not turn into a Pronger situation, as they always down play how bad everything is where there is a injury…
    I would be sweating bullets if I were the owners of the Panthers….
    I know these young guys want to keep playing and get better and show thier teams how good they are but they will get enough time in the NHL to do that…

  6. mrceebees14 - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    The entire Panthers fan base(total of 3 people) just crapped their pants.

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