VANCOUVER, CANADA - OCTOBER 27: Sergei Shirokov #25 of the Vancouver Canucks battles Brad Stuart #23 of the Detroit Red Wings in front of the net as teammate Jimmy Howard #35 gets into position during their game at General Motors Place on October 27, 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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