Its the fastest league in the world, and the best. So it stands to reason if a player in the NHL takes anything for granted on the ice, bad things happen. Passes get picked off, opponents go blowing by you, or the puck goes in top shelf, blocker side. Theres an absolute premium in this league on staying razor-sharp with your focus and always trying to anticipate what could happen next.
And so it is with careers, especially for that majority of players who have to prove themselves year after year, shift after shift, no matter what success they may have achieved in the past.
Take Blue Jackets center Mark Letestu, for example. Just two years ago, he was named Pittsburgh Penguins rookie of the year after tallying 27 points in 64 games for the Pens.
Last season, after being acquired in a trade by Columbus, Letestu finished the year with strong numbers, scoring six goals, adding six assists and going 8 in his final 17 games. Overall, he generated 11 goals and added 13 assists in 51 games...