GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 04: Valtteri Filppula #51 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a first period power play goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on April 4, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/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