RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 15: A member of the Carolina Hurricanes ice crew cleans the ice in front of a Hockey Fights Cancer dasher board prior to an NHL game against the Chicago Blackhawks at PNC Arena on October 15, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Carolina Hurricanes are hosting Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness night as part of the NHL and NHLPA's joint Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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