As always, your questions are in bold. If we feel the need to provide some additional commentary or clarification, it will come in italics before the player gives his answer.
Now, on to the Q&A:
Hey PA, why do you wear No. 15? – Chase, Waunakee, Wisc.
I started to where it in juniors. I played with a guy when I was 17 years old that had testicular cancer and he was No. 15. He was 20 years old and he was one of my good friends when I played with him. When I got traded, I changed my number to it in his honor and I’ve tried to keep it every time that I could after that.
What is your favorite meal to gorge on in the off-season or do you stay on your season diet? Thanks; keep up the awesome play, great to have you here in Colorado!!! – Sara, Fort Collins, Colo.
I love sushi. Every time I have a chance in the summer, I try and eat sushi. I love it; it’s my favorite meal.
Do you condition your beautiful hair? – Meara, Boulder, Colo.
Once and a while I do.
When you are in a multi-game point drought, what do you do before and after practices to try to get back into your game? – Nathan, Doha, Qatar
I try and not get too low. Same thing when you’re on a point streak, you try and not get too high. When you’re not scoring or are a little colder, you try and stay with it, you try and work on it a little more in practice and don’t get discouraged, that is the most important thing.
It has been a tough, shortened season for the team during your first stint with the Avs. You’ve been one of the more successful offensive players this year, however. How have you been able to translate that success from New York to Colorado, with a new city and new teammates surrounding you? Also, going into next season, do you think that your role will change with the team? Thanks P.A. and good luck finishing the season! – Eric, North Providence, R.I.
First off, the guys made it pretty easy on me. My teammates were great when I got here, same with the coaching staff. It was a good fit in Denver, I love the city. Playing with Matt Duchene and Jamie McGinn didn’t hurt either; we had a pretty good stretch there for a while. At the end of the day, you want to win games and you want to get into the playoffs and hopefully next year we can figure it out.
I don’t think my role will change. They signed me to produce and do my thing on the ice, make some plays and try and help the team win. Hopefully my role is the same next year.
Hello PA, who was you inspiration growing up? Also how do you prepare yourself for important games? – Grant (No Location Given)
My parents, they were a big part of my success when I was younger. But my favorite players were Steve Yzerman and Mario Lemieux when I was growing up. I watched them play whenever I could.
For big games, I try and get a pretty big nap in, get focused early, try and get to the rink a little earlier and get my mind ready.
PA, you've clearly been a great addition to the team. As you lead the team in goals as of the moment I write this, would you consider yourself a sniper, playmaker, power forward or what other classification of forward? – David, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
I’m more of a playmaker but I can score if I get some chances. I can bury it, but I definitely see myself as more of a playmaker.
What is your best memory from playing junior hockey in the QMJHL? – Dillon, Colorado Springs, Colo.
I think my 18-year-old season when I had 118 points, 51 goals, played with Pierre-Marc Bouchard – one of my good friends. That was my best year of my life in hockey. We were so good and it was awesome to play in Chicoutimi, and I had a great time that year and we had a great group of guys.
When you allowed Altitude TV to tour your home, there was a small dog bouncing around. What is his/her name? Do you have any other pets? – Samantha, Boulder, Colo.
I have a little dog, Alfie. That is the only pet that I have and its not for me, its for our little daughter. She is 3 years old and we got it for her and she loves it.