Pittsburgh Penguins v Carolina Hurricanes, Game Four
RALEIGH, NC - MAY 26: Fans tailgate before the Carolina Hurricanes face the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final series of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at RBC Center May 26, 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/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