BOSTON - OCTOBER 29: Blades, mascot of the Boston Bruins, poses at the Samuel Adams Bru Fest before the game against the New Jersey Devils at the TD Garden on October 29, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/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