UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Frans Nielsen #51 of the New York Islanders is held off by Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 11, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/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