Willie Mitchell brings the Stanley Cup to Port McNeill
PORT MCNEILL, CANADA - AUGUST 12: Willie Mitchell #33 of the Los Angeles Kings holds up the Stanley Cup at the top of Mount Benedict August 12, 2012 near Port McNeill, British Columbia, Canada. Mitchell took the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Port McNeill, B.C. for his one-day celebration with the prized trophy. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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