BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 09: Niklas Backstrom (L) and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals relax on a hallway couch while watching teammates play with a soccer ball before their game against the Buffalo Sabres on December 9, 2009 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
Obviously there's a lot of expectations around me but it's something I try not to focus on. I'm just trying to go out there, be myself on the ice every day, try to get better, be myself around the guys in the locker room. I think that's what's made me successful and the person that I am.
— Sabres forward Jack Eichel on transitioning from college hockey to the NHL