DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 25: Garnet Exelby #3 of the Toronto Maple Leafs collides with Valtteri Filppula #51 of the Detroit Red Wings during a NHL pre-season game at Joe Louis Arena on September 25, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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