TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 15: Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs tries to get a puck past Miikka Kiprusoff #34 of the Calgary Flames in a game on October 15, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/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