SAINT PAUL, MN - NOVEMBER 17: Kris Fredheim #59 of the Minnesota Wild skates during warm ups prior to his first career NHL game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Xcel Energy Center on November 17, 2011 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/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