SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 5: Miikka Kiprusoff #34, Mikael Backlund #11, Chris Butler #44 and Dennis Wideman #26 of the Calgary Flames defend near the net against the San Jose Sharks during an NHL game on April 5, 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