The 19-year-old skated 14:42 in his NHL debut, including 54 seconds on the power play, and became the 20th youngest player to debut for the Kings (19y, 221d), the 23rd teenager in franchise history.
On his feelings after his debut and first NHL goal
It was a really special moment, getting the first one. You never forget those moments, getting your first goal. I thought it was a pretty good game, a lot of nerves at the start of the game, but I tried to play my best out there and picked up a rebound goal.
On when he started to shake the nerves and settle in
I was just trying to get used to the game pace, and get involved in the game more, try to get more up to speed. I think every shift we got better as the game went on.
On what he saw on the play leading up to his goal
Drew was skating down the wall, and I saw that I was the third man high. I saw [Amadio] get it off the pad and I thought I was going to see a rebound there. Next thing I knew, I got lucky enough that the rebound popped right to me and I was able to bury it.
On what caught him most by surprise about an NHL game
Just more game speed, more physicality, more skill guys out there, of course. I think pretty much that’s what I’ve noticed so far.