BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 02: Jacob Kraft, 5-years-old, smiles as he looks at a team mascot Sabretooth toy ride in a train set in the lobby of First Niagara Center before the Buffalo Sabres play the Detroit Red Wings on December 2, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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