SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 24: Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks gets his shot in the net for a goal pass goaltender Mike Smith #41 of the Poenix Coyotes at HP Pavilion at San Jose on March 24, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/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