Willie O'Ree, the first black player to play in the NHL, is introduced for a ceremonial puck drop prior to a game between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers on February 9, 2009 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. February is Hockey is for Everyone Month as the NHL recognizes the expanding diversity of its players and fans. (Photo by Al Bello/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