Signed to an ATO (amateur tryout) contract by Philadelphia, April 9, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia (AHL), August 11, 2009. Missed majority of 2009-10 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Cincinnati (ECHL), September 24, 2010.
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