NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards
"Ethan battled hard and he's not afraid to pay a price to make a play. That's the kind of player he is. I don't think he's a guy that would make the opposition mad, but he's still a tough guy to play against and still has a physical element to his game. He's involved and aggressive on the forecheck, he'll finish his checks and knock guys off the puck."
It's a tribute to him, and everything he's done and deserved is coming to fruition tonight with his jersey in the rafters. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I said today, if he's not, take my stuff out. If he doesn't deserve to be in there first ballot, no one does. Except for (Wayne) Gretzky, I guess.
— Hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull on former teammate Mike Modano, whose No. 9 was retired by the Dallas Stars on Saturday