TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 18: The Tampa Bay Lightning team store offers shoppers pink gear in support of Hockey Fights Caner night before the start of the Lightning's game against of the Dallas Stars at the St. Pete Times Forum on October 18, 2010 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/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