NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 26: Ryan Ellis #49 of the Nashville Predators laces his skates for his NHL debut against the Detroit Red Wings prior to a game at the Bridgestone Arena on December 26, 2011 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