BUFFALO, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Andrej Sekera #4 of the Carolina Hurricanes jokes with his former teammates as he warms up to play the Buffalo Sabres in a preseason game at First Niagara Center on September 19, 2013 in Buffalo, United States. (Photo by Jen Fuller/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