SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 21: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks takes a face-off against RJ Umberger #19 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL game on April 21, 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