CALGARY, CANADA - JANUARY 31: Calgary Flames players wear the #4 of former Flame player and coach Brad McCrimmon during the warm up before NHL action against the Detroit Red Wings on January 31, 2012 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. McCrimmon died in a plane crash while coaching in Russia. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/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