COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 1: Cam Atkinson #13 of the Columbus Blue Jackets flips a puck past Curtis McElhinney #31 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during pre game warmups prior to the start of the game against the Colorado Avalanche on April 1, 2014 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/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