WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 9: Brooks Laich #21 of the Washington Capitals warms up before the game against the New Jersey Devils at the Verizon Center on October 9, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/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