RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 13: Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes has his skates sharpened by equipment manager George Alves prior to an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres, their third and final meeting of the 2013-14 regular season, at PNC Arena on March 13, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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