Marcus Johansson spent September adjusting to a new city, a new coach, and new linemates. He even had to adapt to playing center, a position he had not played regularly since early in his career.
As he packed his bag for his first regular-season road trip with the Sabres, Johansson - who was named an alternate captain along with Jake McCabe on Wednesday - said he feels like the month of preparation has paid off.
"Yeah, absolutely," Johansson said. "It feels like we're - just looking at practice - it feels like guys are ready. I mean, there's high intensity, guys look hungry. This is when the fun starts. Yeah, we're ready. This is what we worked for all summer. It's finally here."