OTTAWA, CANADA - APRIL 3: Chris Phillips #4 of the Ottawa Senators walks by a young fan holding a sign celebrating the Senators having clinched a berth into the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs prior to a game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Place on April 3, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/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