The Florida Panthers received some bad news earlier tonight, as both Aaron Ekblad and Denis Malgin were diagnosed with concussions following their hard-fought game against state rivals Tampa Bay Lightning.
Gabriel Dumont is the Bolts' forward who finished his check and made Ekblad's head connect with the boards. It was a play that happens a lot in hockey, many times per game; injuries like Ekblad's happen every week. The problem with Ekblad lies in the fact that this is the second time he's received such a diagnosis this season, as it had also occurred at the World Cup in September, although it was later re-classified as a "neck injury".
Be that as it may, there will always be concern when a promising 21-year-old, former Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year) winner and future superstar - and quite possibly the Cats' future captain - suffers two similar injuries that are a risk to a player's career. He's the cornerstone they're building their entire defense around, and whom they awarded an eight-year contract to that carries a $7.5M cap hit annually that kicks in next season.
Of course, we wish Ekblad the best going forward.
Here he is wearing the Panthers' best (and former) red (home) uniform, on card #J-AE from Upper Deck's 2015-16 Champ's set and Relics sub-set: