UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 10: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders lunges for the puck behind Ian White #18 of the Detroit Red Wings at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 10, 2012 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/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