NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 14: Jason LaBarbera #1 of the Phoenix Coyotes chats with Chris Mason #30 of the Nashville Predators in warmups during an NHL game at the Bridgestone Arena on February 14, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/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