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Aaron Ekblad taken with No. 1 pick

Updated: June 28, 2014, 12:49 AM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- With the first pick of the NHL draft, the Florida Panthers went with 15 seconds of dramatic pause before announcing the name.

The silence felt much longer for Aaron Ekblad.

"I was just sitting there just kind of scared and excited at the same time," he said.

At last, general manager Dale Tallon made the call for Ekblad, selecting the defenseman with the first pick Friday night.

Ekblad, a 6-foot-4, 214-pound defenseman who played for Barrie in ...

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