PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 26: Mike Richards #18 of the Philadelphia Flyers and Craig Rivet #52 of the Buffalo Sabres pose for a ceremonial puck drop prior to thier game on October 26, 2010 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dropping the puck is Donna Ashbee, wife of the late Flyer Barry Ashbee #4, with her children Heather and Danny. They were presented with Barry's retired #4 banner during the pre-game ceremony. (Photo by Len Redkoles/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