PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 02: Matt Cooke #24 of the Pittsburgh Penguins jokes with Maxime Talbot #25 during the 2008-2009 Stanley Cup Champion banner raising ceremony prior to the game against the New York Rangers on October 2, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/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