LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his first period goal with teammates Jussi Jokinen #36 and James Neal #18 against the Los Angeles Kings during the NHL game at Staples Center on January 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/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