VANCOUVER, CANADA - OCTOBER 17: The puck trickles past Goalie Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks after failling to stop a shot by Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild (not pictured) during the first period of NHL action on October 17, 2009 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/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