OTTAWA, CANADA - FEBRUARY 23: (L-R) Mark Reeds, Rick Wamsley, Jordan Silmser, Bryan Murray, Paul MacLean, Dave Cameron and Tim Pattyson of the Ottawa Senators pose with purple ties on Hockey Talks night, in support of Do It For Daron (D.I.F.D.), prior to a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 23, 2013 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/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