OTTAWA - OCTOBER 22: Equipment manager Scott Allegrino fixes the skate blade of Anton Volchenkov #24 of the Ottawa Senators during warmups prior to a game against the Nashville Predators at Scotiabank Place on October 22, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/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