ST. LOUIS - APRIL 19: David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 19, 2009 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Tom Gannam/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