DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 30: Goaltender Niklas Backstrom #32 of the Minnesota Wild stretches prior to the game next to goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere #35 of the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on November 30, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/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