ATLANTA - OCTOBER 3: Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the Atlanta Thrashers is congratulated by teammates after scoring a first period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Philips Arena on October 3, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/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