LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 21: Mike Richards #10 of the Los Angeles Kings prepares to take the ice to warm up prior to the game against the Calgary Flames at Staples Center on October 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/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