Each Tuesday during the month of October, Kings defenseman Mattias Norstrom will post his journal of thoughts on the weeks upcoming and past events. Be sure to check out each entry.
Mattias Norstrom Journal Entry One Oct. 4, 2005
Preseason hockey means different things for different players. If you're a younger player, you might be fighting for a roster spot. But, if you're an older player like me, you're likely more focused on physically being ready to play. Even though I missed a few days last week with a hamstring injury, I was still able to do a lot of off-ice training.
Right now, 30 teams think they can win the Stanley Cup. That's what makes the start of the year so special. We probably have more new faces in camp than ever before, and that seems to be the case all over the league.
I'm really excited about our team this year, especially with the rule changes and the kind of lineup we have. We have a fast team and I think the new rules are really going to help us be successful.
From the defensive point of view, I've spent a lot of training camp adjusting to the new rules brought in to add offense to our game. The challenge has been to adjust my game and change the way I've been taught to do things since I first put on skates. Before I could hold my opponent along the boards so he wouldn't beat me to the front of the net. But now it's a new game. I can't tie anyone up anymore. Certainly, they're not making it any easier for a defenseman like me, but overall I think it's going to be great for the game.