DENVER, CO - APRIL 01: Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov #30 gives words of encouragement to Al Montoya #35 of the Phoenix Coyotes before the start of a game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on April 1, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/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