SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Ben Smith #28 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates behind the goal with control of the puck keeping it away from Matt Irwin #52 of the San Jose Sharks during the first period at SAP Center on February 1, 2014 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/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