Defenseman Aaron Ekblad, taken by the Florida Panthers with the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, suffered a concussion in Canada's world junior exhibition game against the Czech Republic and will miss the rest of summer development camp.
Hockey Canada said Wednesday that Ekblad is expected to make a "full recovery" and be ready for the Panthers' training camp in September.
The 18-year-old Ekblad was hit hard during Tuesday night's 6-2 win over the Czech Republic and left the game.
"As announced earlier today by Team Canada, Aaron Ekblad suffered a concussion during an exhibition game last night," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement. "We have been in communication with Team Canada and have mutually agreed to hold Aaron out for the remainder of the summer development camp, as a precautionary measure. We will closely monitor Aaron's health for the remainder of the offseason and expect him to be ready for our rookie camp in mid-September."
The 6-foot-3, 213-pound Ekblad played last season with Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League.