NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 17: (L to R) Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron and Tim Thomas answer questions during a special Q & A session at the NHL Powered by Reebok store on June 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Thomas Nycz/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