VANCOUVER, CANADA - NOVEMBER 13: Chris Higgins (L), Cory Schneider and Daniel Sedin (R) of the Vancouver Canucks look on as teammate Aaron Rome points up to a soccer ball trapped in the ceiling as the players warm up before their NHL game against the New York Islanders at Rogers Arena November 13, 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