• Served five-game suspension (4/5-4/17)
• Finished first among Sabres forwards in average shorthanded TOI (2:08)
• Skated in his 300th career NHL game at BOS (4/17)
• Tallied his first goal of the season vs. NJD (4/7), his first point since March 7, 2012 vs. CAR and first goal since Feb. 8, 2012 vs. BOS; also credited with seven hits and four shots on goal in the contest
• Registered a season-high five shots on goal and 15:35 TOI vs. CAR (1/25)
What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.
— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp