NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 26: Joel Ward #29 of the Nashville Predators toss his gloves to assistant equipment manager Jeff Camillo after warm ups prior to a game against the Chicago Blackhawks on December 26, 2009 at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/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