BUFFALO, NY - APRIL 11: Jason Pominville #29 of the Buffalo Sabres has a first period shot stopped by Shane Hindy #34, Mark Stuart #45, and Manny Fernandez #35 of the Boston Bruins on April 11, 2009 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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