When Jonathan Huberdeau accepted his Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in June, the Florida Panthers forward was recovering from hip surgery he had May 14 and was unsure if he would be able to start the 2013-14 season on time.
"I'll stay calm and know my place, but I'm going to talk a little bit too. When you have only one season under your belt, you want to be a little bit more vocal, but you're definitely not going to be the guy who says everything in the locker room."
-- Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau
After several months of rehabilitation and training, Huberdeau said he is healthy, stronger and ready for his second season.
"I'm really excited," Huberdeau told NHL.com Thursday during the Player Media Tour in Manhattan. "It's been quite a while since I've played, so I'm excited to start camp and get ready."
The hard part about making a great first impression is that people often demand better for an encore. The pressure to perform at an increasingly high level can force someone to change his habits or style, and, in the process, lose what made him great in the first place.
According to Huberdeau, that will not be the case for him this season.