VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 15: Vancouver Canucks fans cheer before Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Canucks and the St. Louis Blues at General Motors Place on April 15, 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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