Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals - Game Two
WASHINGTON - MAY 04: Alex Ovechkin #8 and Simeon Varlamov #40 of the Washington Capitals makes there way through the fans for the pregame warm ups before Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 4, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Len Redkoles/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