TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 14: Ryan Malone #6 of the Tampa Bay Lightning talks to teammates during pre-game skate against the Minnesota Wild at the St. Pete Times Forum on November 14, 2010 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/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