We evaluate players on what makes us the best team possible, and sometimes it’s not the best players that make the best team; it’s the best combination of players.
To me, he’s always been that guy that’s that perfect fit. He’s as reliable defensively as he is offensively. He’s going to give you a fair amount of production and a fair amount of points, yet he’s going to give you that same kind of, I guess, comfort feeling in your end of the ice as well. Those guys are hard to find and when you have them, you try to hold onto them.
His demeanor is very calm. He’s got to go out there and just play his game; I don’t think he’s going to be an overly excited goaltender that’s going to be thrown off his game. I think he’s going to go in there and play with confidence, and if anything, he’s going to want to prove himself. I’m looking forward to seeing him in net tonight.
I woke up in Adirondack, went to pregame skate this morning, came out and coach told me I had to head back to the hotel and get my stuff ready in case I got the call-up today. So I went back, kind of rushed, got the stuff packed and then I ended up getting called up at about 12:30. Took an hour for us to find a way to get from Glens Falls up to Ottawa. Ended up taking a cab about four and a half hours to the border, got in a car service up there and got to the rink about five minutes before warm-ups started. So it’s been a whirlwind it still kind of seems a little surreal.
-Zach Trotman, on his experience before playing in his first NHL game in Ottawa on December 28