SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 18: Antti Niemi #31 and James Sheppard #15 of the San Jose Sharks protect the net against Joey Crabb #10 of the Florida Panthers during an NHL game on March 18, 2014 at SAP Center in San Jose, California. (Photo by Nick Lust/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