WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 11: Brandon Saad #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks brings the puck around the net in the first period as he is pursued by Mikhail Grabovski #84 of the Washington Capitals during an NHL game at Verizon Center on April 11, 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