SUNRISE, FL - JANUARY 24: Jimmy Hayes #12 of the Florida Panthers stretches prior to the start of the game again the Colorado Avalanche at the BB&T Center on January 24, 2014 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Jeffrey R. Sanzare/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