UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 06: Michael Grabner #40 (C) of the New York Islanders scores at 14:45 of the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning and is joined by Thomas Hickey #14 (L) and John Tavares #91 (R) at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 6, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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