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Frans Nielsen
NUMBER: 51 BIRTHDATE: April 24, 1984  (AGE 30)
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Herning, Denmark
WEIGHT: 180 DRAFTED: NYI / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 3rd   (87th overall)
- Recorded a three-assist game, including the 200th point of his career, on Oct. 8 vs. Phoenix
- Posted back-to-back, three-point games (1g/2a) on Oct. 22 vs. Vancouver and Oct. 25 at Pittsburgh
- Had a four-game goal/point streak (4g/4a) from Oct. 19-26
- Suffered a hand injury on Feb. 8 vs. Colorado and was placed on injured reserve
- Returned to the lineup on Mar. 2 vs. Florida after missing two games
- Reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career on Mar. 10 at Vancouver
- Recorded his 250th career point (goal) on Apr. 8 vs. Ottawa
Signed as a free agent by Rauma (Finland), September 26, 2012.
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He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.

— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers