On a day with two Game 7s in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, New York Islanders defenseman Steve Staios drops by Thursday afternoon to discuss the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Staios, who has played in 1,001 regular-season games, as well as a Game 7 in the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, knows a bit about the pressure the first round's four remaining teams will face Thursday night. After a season of facing off against these teams, he also knows about their personnel and tendencies. So stop by and get an insider's scoop on the drama that will unfold Thursday night.
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