GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 28: Ray Whitney #13 of the Phoenix Coyotes stretches as fans watch pre-game warmups from the Coyotes bench before the team takes on the Boston Bruins at Jobing.com Arena on December 28, 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