DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY8: Tomas Holmstrom #96 of the Detroit Red Wings controls the puck while Cam Barker #13 of the Edmonton Oilers follows during an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on February 8, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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