CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 31: Captain Niklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings fights off Jarome Iginla #12 in front of Detroit Goalie Chris Osgood as Cory Sarich #6 takes a shot from the point against the Calgary Flames on October 31, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/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