DETROIT - JANUARY 17: John Madden #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks watches teammate Niklas Hjalmarsson #4 as he skates around the defense of Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings during a NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on January 17, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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