U.S. vice presidential Candidate Sarah Palin and her daughter Piper greet Keith Tkachuk of the St. Louis Blues and Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings after dropping the ceremonial first puck before a St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/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