TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Brendan Mikkelson #29 of the Tampa Bay Lightning passes the puck during pre-game skate against the Washington Capitals at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on February 18, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
Unless he really collapses, I don't see him going anywhere. I've been very impressed with his composure and maturity. Once the regular season started, he was a different guy; it was like game on and almost as if he's been around for a long time.
— Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon on rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad