"What I think I like most is it looks like he's having fun out there all the time. He's got a smile on his face and tongue hanging out and wants to do things to help the team. He's a young guy who wasn't on pins and needles worrying about making a mistake. He wants to create things with the puck and I thought that was great."
-- Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice
"We scouted him very heavily in his draft year. Our amateur staff at the time was very high on him. All the reports and everything were indicating that he was someone we would've loved to have drafted had we had the opportunity. When the deal came into play, he became someone that we were very, very interested in acquiring."
-- Blackhawks Assistant General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff
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