RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 25: Josh Gratton #24 of the Atlanta Thrashers punches Tom Kostopoulos #29 of the Carolina Hurricanes as they fight during the first period of an NHL preseason game at the RBC Center on September 25, 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