RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 04: Carolina Hurricanes Olympians Eric Staal #12, Tim Gleason #6, Joni Pitkanen #25, and Tuomo Ruutu #15 bring their medals back to the RBC Center to let fans pose for pictures prior to a NHL game against the Ottawa Senators on March 4, 2010 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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