SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 16: Chris Mason #50 and Johnny Oduya #29 of the Atlanta Thrashers battle for position against Dany Heatley #15 of the San Jose Sharks during an NHL game on October 16, 2010 at HP Pavilion at San Jose in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.
— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers