SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 09: Brad Richardson #15 of the Los Angeles Kings and Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks keep their eyes on the puck during an NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings on December 9, 2009 at HP Pavilion at San Jose in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.
— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp