HELSINKI, FINLAND - OCTOBER 03: Fans watch the players warm up during The Compuware/NHL Premiere Helsinki series match between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Florida Panthers at the Hartwall Areena on October 3, 2009 in Helsinki, Finland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/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