ST. PAUL, MN - APRIL 13: Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild takes a face-off against Paul Gaustad #28 of the Nashville Predators during the game on April 13, 2014 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. 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