PHILADELPHIA , PA - SEPTEMBER 26: Head Coach Peter Laviolette, Chris Pronger and James van Riemsdyk laugh as Chairman Ed Snider of the Philadelphia Flyers spars with President, General Manager Glen Sather of the New York Rangers at the NHL 2012 Winter Classic Press Conference at Citizens Bank Park on September 26, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/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