SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Michal Handzus #26 and Tim Kennedy #46 of the San Jose Sharks battle for the puck against Jordin Tootoo #22 and Cory Emmerton #25 of the Detroit Red Wings during an NHL game on February 28, 2013 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/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