COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 17: Vinny Prospal #22 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is an award in recognition of his 1,000th NHL game by Jim Gregory, NHL Senior VP of Hockey Operations prior the start of the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on December 17, 2011 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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