LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 28: Andre Benoit #61 of the Colorado Avalanche brings the puck up the ice ahead of Trevor Lewis #22 of the Los Angeles Kings during their preseason game at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 28, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/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