UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 02: Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders helps clear the puck away from Evgeni Nabokov #20 during the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 2, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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