The Florida Panthers selected defenseman Aaron Ekblad with the first overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Barrie captain was named the Ontario Hockey League Most Outstanding Defenseman in 2013-14, leading all players at his position with 23 goals and finishing tied for fifth with 53 points.
At 6 feet 3, 213 pounds, the Windsor, Ontario, native has the size and skating ability to compete for a roster spot immediately. He is considered the most NHL-ready player in this year's draft.
Center Sam Reinhart was selected second overall by the Buffalo Sabres. From North Vancouver,British Columbia, Reinhart led Kootenay with 105...