LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Los Angeles Kings fans ice skate outside of the arena before a game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks at Staples Center on November 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/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