Cody Golobeuf had just skated in his second-ever NHL game. Unfortunately for the Columbus Blue Jackets, it was a home loss to the L.A. Kings. But the youngster had held his own, going 1 in 15:37 minutes of play, with a shot on goal. Did it matter that it was the defending champs who were on the other side of the red line for his 2013 debut?
No, I didnt really think about it, said the Blue Jackets second-round pick in 2008. The NHL is the NHL to me, and any team is going to be good. Everybody has their superstars, so I wasnt really looking at the names on the back, just more or less the black jerseys coming at us.
So many times when young guys get the call to the big club, they play tentatively, hoping not to make mistakes. Ironically, that can be the biggest mistake of all, because that approach means those players arent playing to their strengths. Its hard to impress NHL head coaches when youre not showcasing your best attributes.
Golobeuf was focused on making sure that wasnt the...