New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan has been waiting for his chance to play in the NHL. The Islanders' second first-round pick (No. 12) in 2009 played in one game in 2011-12 but now appears ready for significant minutes in the League.
De Haan was called up last week with the Islanders thin on the blue line and made his season debut against the Washington Capitals on Saturday. He blocked two shots and had four hits and an even rating in 20:07.
It won't get any easier Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum, when de Haan and the Islanders' defense will be charged with containing Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, the highest-scoring team in the Eastern Conference with 86 goals.
"It's pretty cool," de Haan said Tuesday morning on playing against Alex Ovechkin and Crosby in consecutive games. "Those guys are the top players in the League, arguably. You can't treat them just like any other players. You have to battle them hard, move pucks and do the simple things."