Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler joined NHL Live on Monday to look ahead to his first season in southern California.
"It's great," Kesler said. "It's a really close locker room and that's most important. Just moving to southern California is a plus. It's beautiful every day here. It's like waking up on vacation every day."
The Ducks acquired Kesler and a third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Vancouver Canucks for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa, and a first- and third-round pick in the 2014 draft to form a dynamic 1-2 punch at center with Ryan Getzlaf.
"They're two elite players that play with an edge," Kesler said. "I play with an edge too and usually that ends up in a fight or some heated battle, so I'm glad to be on their side now."
After winning a franchise-record 54 games last season, expectations are extremely high for the Ducks this season.
"I think I'm used to it," Kesler said. "In years past with Vancouver our expectations were really high too. They have some veteran guys on this team that are used to that expectation, and have been there and done that and won the Cup. It's an exciting time of year right now and I'm excited to get it going."