OTTAWA - APRIL 4: Ryan Shannon #26 of the Ottawa Senators digs for a loose puck outside the crease against Mike Knuble #22 and Antero Niittymaki #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Place on April 4, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/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