DETROIT, MI - APRIL 01: Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings looks back on a goal scored by Tomas Fleischmann #14 (not pictured) of the Florida Panthers during an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on April 1, 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