GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 20: Phoenix Coyotes Stick Kid Jackson Peters pushes the pucks onto the ice as the players come out for their pre-game warm-up prior to taking on the Los Angeles Kings at Jobing.com Arena on October 20, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/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