When you’re the only player on a team, your job is to try to be as good as you can, to be the best that you can be.
That’s the motto for the Los Angeles Kings’ Eric Staal.
The team, in an interview with NHL Network, went on to describe his struggles in that regard during the regular season.
“You want to be a player that you’re able to be that team that everybody else is looking at and you want to make sure that you don’t let anybody down,” Staal said.
“So that’s the mindset that we have.
We want to have a really good team that people are excited about, but we also want to compete for the Stanley Cup.”
The Kings were a little less upbeat, as they were about Staal’s effort during the playoffs, but said they’re pleased with his performance.
“He did a good job,” said Kings general manager Dean Lombardi.
“We think he’s going to do really well.
We think he has an outstanding season.
We also think he’ll do well in the playoffs.
But we think he will be able to do some good things.
So we think his success will be that way.”
In fact, Staal has a pretty strong chance to be one of the better players on the Kings.
That said, Staad is a player who can do more than that.
He’s a guy who can get under a goaltender’s skin, and he’s a player to watch out for in a game where he has to be aggressive and stay away from the net.
“I think Eric’s got a really bright future,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said.