PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 22: Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils moves the puck up ice in front of Chris Kunitz #14 and Jordan Staal #11 of the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 22, 2011 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/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