COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 29: A.J. Zink meets with NHL on-ice officials Derek Amell, Francis Charron, Steve Kozari, and Bryan Pancich as part of Zebra Cares before a game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers on November 29, 2013 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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