WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 25: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal in the first period during an NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at Verizon Center on March 25, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/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