Aaron Ekblad ready to shine in Top Prospects game

Barrie Colts defenceman Aaron Ekblad, centre, celebrates a goal Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 against the...

Barrie Colts defenceman Aaron Ekblad, centre, celebrates a goal Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 against the Sarnia Sting at the RBC Centre in Sarnia, Ont. (PAUL OWEN/QMI Agency)

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:28 PM ET

CALGARY - Aaron Ekblad is many things.

A big, shutdown defender? Yes.

A mobile minute-muncher? For sure.

Sniper? Apparently yes.

The Barrie Colts defenceman, slated to go in the top four of this summer’s NHL draft, scored four goals and added an assist last weekend in an 8-5 win over the OHL Kingston Frontenacs.

Even the well-spoken blueliner had difficulty explaining the offensive explosion.

“It was crazy,” Ekblad said. “I don’t know.

“My stick kinda got lucky.”

Ekblad, who will captain Team Orr in Wednesday’s CHL Top Prospects Game (7 p.m. at the Dome, Sportsnet West), doesn’t need luck.

But he could probably use a breather.

The 17-year-old has had a busy month playing with Team Canada’s world junior entry in Sweden, rejoining the Colts and then jetting over to Calgary for the Top Prospects tilt.

But he insists the rapid change in time zones is not taking a toll on him.

“It’s not that bad,” Ekblad insisted.


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