The emerging star Aaron Ekblad has agreed to the 8-year, $60 million contract extension offered by the Florida Panthers.

The $7.5 million annual average will make this the most lucrative deal in the history of the Panthers. It is going to make Ekblad NHL’s fifth highest-paid defensemen, following P.K. Subban at $9 million, Shea Weber at $7.8, Dustin Byfuglien at $7.6, and Ryan Suter at $7.53.

After the 2014-15 season, Aaron Ekblad won the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year, following with yet another strong season as one of the Panthers’ top defensemen.

In just 2 seasons, 20-year-old Ekblad has 27 goals and 48 assists for 75 points. He will be starting his contract extension with the 2017-18 season.

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