MONTREAL, QC - DECEMBER 01: Jaroslav Spacek #6 and Maxim Lapierre # 40 of the Montreal Canadiens talk during warm ups prior to the NHL against the Edmonton Oilers game on December 01, 2010 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/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