BUFFALO, NY - APRIL 04: Maxim Afinogenov #61 of the Buffalo Sabres battles for the puck in the corner with Dainius Zubrus #8 of the New Jersey Devils on April 4, 2009 at HSBC Arena 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