WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: A fan holds up a sign during an NHL game between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/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