MONTREAL, CANADA - APRIL 18: Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens takes a shot on goaltender Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning as Sami Salo #6 of the Lightning defends during an NHL game on April 18, 2013 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/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