SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 3: Keith Ballard #2 of the Florida Panthers battles for the puck against Todd White #12 of the Atlanta Thrashers at the Bank Atlantic Center on April 3, 2009 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)
You can be hyped all you want, but his game will speak for itself. He's obviously going to be a great player so we've got to make sure we keep an eye on him. Whether it's his first game or his 1,000th game, our job is to take care of business, shut him down.
— Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo on facing ballyhooed Oilers rookie Connor McDavid, who is making NHL debut in St. Louis
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