VANCOUVER, CANADA - FEBRUARY 19: Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks jumps over Nicklas Grossman #2 of the Dallas Stars during their game at Rogers Arena on February 19, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jessica Haydahl/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