NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals (C) scores a first period goal against the New York Rangers and is joined by Eric Fehr #16 (L) and Alex Ovechkin #8 (R) at Madison Square Garden on February 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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