CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 31: Mikael Backlund #11 of the Calgary Flames faces off against Sean Couturier #14 of the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 31, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Brad Watson/NHL 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