MONTREAL, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 20: Michael Ryder #73 of the Dallas Stars skates with the puck while being defended by Andreas Engqvist #63 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL pre-season game at the Bell Centre on September 20, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/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