VANCOUVER, CANADA - MAY 2: A buildng employee puts air into the inflatable whale used during the games at General Motors Place before the game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks during Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 2, 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