Defenseman Aaron Ekblad granted exceptional player status, is eligible for OHL draft in May

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The Ontario Hockey Federation has announced Aaron Ekblad of the Sun County Panthers minor midget program has been granted exceptional player status for the Ontario League.

The 15-year-old is now eligible for the OHL’s draft a year earlier than he would have been.

Ekblad becomes the first player since John Tavares to be granted the status. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound defenseman had 34 points in 30 regular season games for the Panthers this season and 21 points in 18 playoff games.

The OHL draft will take place May 7 with the Barrie Colts holding the first overall selection.

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