MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 17: Right wing Alex Kovalev #27 of the Ottawa Senators during the NHL game against the Ottawa Senators on October 17, 2009 at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/OSA Images/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