Article and feature image source: h/t NHL.com–
Defenseman Aaron Ekblad agreed to an eight-year, $60 million contract extension with the Florida Panthers on Friday, according to ESPN.
The contract would have an annual average value of $7.5 million and start with the 2017-18 season. Ekblad, 20, had 15 goals, 10th among NHL defensemen, and 36 points in 78 games last season. He was the first pick of the 2014 NHL Draft and won the Calder Trophy in 2014-15. His 27 goals in two seasons are tied for ninth among defensemen.
First things first, unless you have been living under a rock or you’re actually doing work on this glorious, American Friday, then you know that today has been BANANAS for NHL free agency (There’s a recap blog on the way settle down kemosabe). But before anything really starting rolling 20 year old Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers signed a contract that gives him $7.5 mil AAV starting in 2017-18 as you saw above.
Huge for Aaron, and the Panthers just locked up a potential future Norris Trophy winner for the long haul.
That’s all well and good. Now that we’re done with the regular journalistic report we can move on to why you clicked on this article: I will be compared and contrasted to Aaron Ekblad. Granted, I refer to us both as skaters in the title, but I’m not in the NHL (yet). Give me some slack. Everyone works at their own pace. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Direct your attention to the artfully crafted Venn Diagram below:
That’s it. That’s everything.
You’re probably wondering why Aaron’s circle is bigger than mine, and that’s because Microsoft paint only gives you one shot at getting the circle right before making you start over. Take it up with them not me.
Last one in Aaron’s circle got kind of cut off at the end maybe just don’t even read it.