ST. PAUL, MN - FEBRUARY 26: Mikael Granlund #64 of the Minnesota Wild is interviewed prior to playing against the Calgary Flames on his 21st birthday on February 26, 2013 at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/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