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Panthers’ Aaron Ekblad, Denis Malgin both diagnosed with concussions

Joseph Nocco



NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 11: Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) is shown during the NHL game between the Nashville Predators and the Florida Panthers, held on February 11, 2017, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire)
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According to an official statement released by head coach Tom Rowe, the Florida Panthers have lost not one, but two players to concussions. As a result of Saturday evening’s 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Panthers’ defenseman Aaron Ekblad and forward Denis Malgin have each been diagnosed with a concussion.

It is also worth noting that the Panthers have lost five consecutive games and eight of their nine as well.

The 21-year-old Ekblad encountered his injury after he took a hit to the head from Lightning forward Gabriel Dumont. Dumont’s elbow drove Ekblad’s head into the glass and the third-year defender did not return to the game while since officially being diagnosed with a concussion.

Originally selected by the Panthers with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Ekblad has spent his entire three-year NHL career in Florida. Over the course of 67 appearances from this season, he has registered 21 points, thanks to 10 and 11 assists.

Last season, Ekblad tallied 36 points with 15 goals and 21 assists over the course of 78 regular season appearances.

On the other hand, the 20-year-old Malgin was initially ruled out of Saturday evening’s contest due to an upper-body injury. While since being diagnosed with a concussion, it remains to be seen as to how much time he misses.

The rookie center has already appeared in 42 games as a member of the Panthers. During that span, Malgin has posted eight points while recording four goals and four assists.

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, Football.com and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.