RALEIGH, NC - MAY 6: A Hurricanes fan cheers on the team during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins at RBC Center May 6, 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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