DENVER -- Help your team win the Memorial Cup championship, earn Most Valuable Player honors along the way and become the first player selected in the 2013 NHL Draft. Pretty impressive for a teenager.
Yet Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, who makes his NHL debut Wednesday night against the Anaheim Ducks at Pepsi Center, has no illusions about taking the League by storm as an 18-year-old rookie.
"I'm not going to have any expectations," he told NHL.com. "This is my first year in the League, and I really don't know what to expect. I don't want to put any numbers out there or anything. If I'm not quite there, it might be discouraging. For me, I'm just excited to be here and I want to try and be a difference maker every time possible. I want to play the best hockey I can play every night and generate as many chances as I can get. For me, pressure's kind of an illusion. It's not really a real thing. People have their own expectations for me, but I'm still adjusting and I'm very excited to get going."