DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 29: Maxim Lapierre #40 of the St. Louis Blues wins a faceoff against Vernon Fiddler #38 of the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center on December 29, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/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