Is Nichushkin the most NHL-ready rookie?
September, 18, 2013
By Craig Custance | ESPN Insider
Jerome Miron/USA TODAY SportsDallas first-rounder Valeri Nichushkin has been the talk of NHL GMs this offseason.To get an idea of how challenging it can be to make the adjustment to the life of an NHL rookie at 18 years old, consider this story from Steven Stamkos. He shared it last spring in explaining why it was difficult transitioning from a junior hockey star -- where every detail of his life was handled for him -- to a professional hockey player in Tampa.
"I get to play hockey in Florida ... things couldn't get much better, right?" Stamkos said. "I come here and it was tough."