Ron Brind'Amour of the Carolina Hurricanes and Scott Niedermayer of the Anaheim Ducks pose for a photo with Orange County-based athletes who medaled in the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games prior to the game on October 19, 2008 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/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