WINNIPEG, CANADA - FEBRUARY 15: Kyle Wellwood #13 and Eric Tangradi #27 of the Winnipeg Jets take part in the pre-game warm up prior to NHL action against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the MTS Centre on February 15, 2013 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Lance Thomson/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