VANCOUVER, CANADA - MARCH 1: Kris Russell #10 of the Columbus Blue Jackets and teammate Jakub Voracek #93 of the Columbus Blue Jackets warm up prior to their game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on March 1, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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