Preference #1: score your first NHL goal in a big moment in a big win for your team.
Preference #2: score your first NHL goal in a big win for your team.
Preference #3: score your first NHL goal, period.**
**These are unscientific results of an unscientific poll conducted by....us.
We're earning our keep here, thank you.
If you could list any number of excruciating ways that Alexander Wennberg could have JUST BARELY MISSED scoring his first NHL goal, that list would be far too long for his liking.
This is a kid whose game is built on intelligence, accuracy and skill. He's not used to missing open nets, nor is he accustomed to fanning on a 2-on-1 or sending a point blank chance over the net and listening to that god-awful CRACK of the end glass.
But that's how it went. And went. And went.
"It sucks, right? I should have like, five goals at least by now," Wennberg told our Rob Mixer early in the season. "But you have to keep doing those little things. It'll come. I know it will."
On Dec. 22 against the Nashville Predators, Wennberg finally potted that elusive first NHL goal.
The Blue Jackets lost the game (it was not a good one, either), which was a rarity at the time because they'd won seven of their previous eight. All good, though, because they bounced back with wins in the next two games too.