RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 14: A young Hurricanes fan high-fives Aaron Ward #4 of the Carolina Hurricanes after the pre-game skate before a NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 14, 2009 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