DETROIT - NOVEMBER 05: Tonight the Detroit Red Wings will honor Budd Lynch for his 60-year anniversary with the team and all fans at tonight's game will be getting a Budd Lynch bobblehead doll before a NHL game against the San Jose Sharks at Joe Louis Arena on November 5, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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