OTTAWA, ON - NOVEMBER 28: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators and Henrik Sedin #33 the Vancouver Canucks pose with NHL Heritage Classic jerseys during an official announcement at Canadian Tire Centre on November 28, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/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