BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 30: Fans of the Buffalo Sabres enjoy a spring afternoon parking lot cookout before the game against the Washington Capitals on March 30, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. The fans are Nicole Bonaroti, Gilbert Gillian, Jason Kraft and Ann Crowley (L-R). (Photo by Bill Wippert/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