Vancouver Canucks winger Nils Hoglander was quick to make his presence felt on the National Hockey League (NHL) rinks, hitting the target in his first game of his career Wednesday in Edmonton.
The 20-year-old Swede broke a 1-to-1 tie in the second period, helping his team win 5-3 against the Oilers. Before the game, the rookie had simply received a message from his head coach Travis Green, who told him to have fun and play his best game with energy and passion. This is what he did brilliantly.
“I can’t believe the puck went into the net,” Hoglander admitted to media, in comments reported by The Province newspaper. It was quite a while, I am so happy to have scored and faced the best players in the world. I felt comfortable throughout the game and I think we played a good game. ”
The 40th overall pick in the 2019 Draft also had good words for his line-mates Bo Horvat and Tanner Pearson.
“They are good hockey players and it’s easy to play with them. On my goal, I just had to grab a pass to score, ”he said, while admitting to having felt nervous during his first stretches.
Scoring 14 points in 23 outings in the Swedish elite league earlier this season, Hoglander has drawn the admiration of his arms partners.
“Confidence takes you a long way. He’ll be up against several of these guys throughout his career and why not send him in the mouth of the wolf right now? He also had a good play up the ramp on our first goal, said Pearson. He has been excellent at all levels and it shows what the organization can achieve with its hopes. ”
“He was very good, he was solid on both sides of the ice and strong with the puck, in addition to making good plays,” said Green. When you see a guy during practice and mock games, you wonder how he will react during a regular season game. I think here he took his game up a notch. “