RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 28: Prior to an NHL game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins, fans of Brandon Sutter display message along the glass during pre-game warmups on February 28, 2013 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. Tonight marks Sutter's return to PNC Arena to face his former teammates after a trade package sent him to Pittsburgh in exchange for Jordan Staal. (Photo by Phil Ellsworth/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