EDMONTON, CANADA - APRIL 27: Ryan Smyth #94 of the Edmonton Oilers battles for the puck against Keith Ballard #4 of the Vancouver Canucks on April 27, 2013 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by John Ulan/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