NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 28: Paul Gaustad #28 of the Buffalo Sabres and Travis Zajac #19 of the New Jersey Devils battle for position on a loose puck on a faceoff during their game at the Prudential Center on October 28, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/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