Made NHL debut Mar. 9 at Car.; replaced J. Hedberg at start of 3rd per. (18:36, 3 shots/3 saves)...Dressed, but DNP Mar. 7 vs. Buf...Represented Lowell at 2009 AHL All-Star Game...Made professional debut in a loss to Worcester on Apr. 12, '08...Played 3 seasons at U. of Minnesota (WCHA)...Played for Team USA at 2006 & 2007 World Junior Championships.
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