RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 16: Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes wears a camouflage jersey for Military Appreciation Night as he warms up prior to an NHL game against the Edmonton Oilers at PNC Arena on March 16, 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