TAMPA, FL - MARCH 26: The Tampa Bay Lightning new coach Jon Cooper speaks at a press conference before the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on March 26, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning hired Cooper as their new coach Monday. Cooper had been coaching Syracuse of the AHL, Tampa Bay's top minor league affiliate. He is replacing Guy Boucher, who was fired Sunday after 2 1/2 years with the team. Tampa Bay Lightning (Photo by Scott Audette/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