CALGARY, CANADA - APRIL 7: Mark Giordano #5 and Henrik Karlsson #35 of the Calgary Flames keep the puck away from Devante Smith-Pelly #77 of the Anaheim Ducks during first period NHL action on April 7, 2012 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/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