ST. LOUIS, MO - FEBRUARY 6: David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues shoots the puck against the Boston Bruins at the Scottrade Center on February 6, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/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