Referee Bill McCreary drops the puck for the opening face-off between Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens and Brooks Laich of the Washington Capitals. (Photo by Dave Sandford/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