DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY2: Semyon Varlamov #1 of the Colorado Avalanche stretches on the ice before a game against the Edmonton Oilers at the Pepsi Center on February 2, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/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