WINNIPEG, MB - OCTOBER 18: Brian Elliott #1, Ian Cole #28 and Jaroslav Halak #41 of the St. Louis Blues warm up before NHL action against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on October 18, 2013 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Lance Thomson/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