TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 14: Alex Killorn #17 and Cory Conacher #89 of the Tampa Bay Lightning fight for control of the puck with Troy Brouwer #20 of the Washington Capitals during the first period of the game at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on February 14, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/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