SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 3: Keith Ballard #2 of the Florida Panthers battles for the puck against Todd White #12 of the Atlanta Thrashers at the Bank Atlantic Center on April 3, 2009 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)
Unless he really collapses, I don't see him going anywhere. I've been very impressed with his composure and maturity. Once the regular season started, he was a different guy; it was like game on and almost as if he's been around for a long time.
— Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon on rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad