NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 19: Hundreds of fans line up the entrance to Bridgestone Arena for the season opener between Columbus Blue Jackets and the Nashville Predators on January 19, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/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