NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 1: Nashville Predators fan Eric Ratton, right, takes a swing at the Hockey Fights Cancer car on prior to the game between the Nashville Predators and the Winnipeg Jets at Bridgestone Arena on March 1, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/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