Aston-Reese isn’t upset.
“It’s only as exciting, either we get a idea or not, to have your group go adult 2-1,” Aston-Reese said. “All a points – that things evens out.”
Aston-Reese will positively get his share of a statistical plunder if he stays planted nearby a opposition’s blue paint. Aston-Reese is six-foot, 204 pounds and plays heavy, generally in front of a hostile net.
Aston-Reese, 23, draws comparisons to Patric Hornqvist in that regard. He’s flattered by that, yet also a bit unsure.
“It’s tough for me to contend that, since we have so many honour for Hornqvist and a actor he is,” Aston-Reese said. “What he does is tough to replicate.
“But we like a approach he plays. He plays a hard-nosed game, and we try to do my best to replicate that. Developing his ability set a subsequent integrate years would be profitable to myself and a organization.”
Displaying courage in front of a net is frequency a singular skill. But it’s a craft, some-more than most, that’s formed on desire. You can’t hook like Sidney Crosby only since we wish to. But anybody can jam a goalie.
Not many do it consistently, though, let alone consistently well. Aston-Reese allows that there’s a bit of scholarship to it.
“You kind of take a demeanour during a goalie’s tendencies,” Aston-Reese said. “Some teams have their D in front of a net, so we try to get off to a side. But with [Kings goalie Jonathan] Quick, he tries to demeanour around a screens, so you’ve got to take his eyes away.
“That’s what happened [on Letang’s goal]. we don’t even consider [Quick] reacted until a puck was in a net.”
Lots of goals get disallowed when goalies are interfered with. Aston-Reese does his best to travel that tightrope.
“For me, a lot of it is only feel,” he said. “If we feel a goalie is right adult on you, we competence be a small too parsimonious and maybe stepping in a crease. But you’ve got to try to get good physique position.”
Aston-Reese played Division we college hockey during Northeastern University and done first-team All-American as a comparison final deteriorate when he netted 31 goals in 38 games. He was Hockey East Player of a Year and a finalist for a Hobey Baker Award, college hockey’s chronicle of a Heisman Trophy.
In his initial 6 games with a Penguins, Aston-Reese got dual goals and an assist. His initial NHL idea came Feb. 13 in a 6-3 home feat over Ottawa, and was set adult by Crosby. Aston-Reese is now skating on Crosby’s line.
Aston-Reese pronounced he isn’t intimidated personification on Crosby’s wing.
“Looking during it from a outside, it’s easy to see it that way,” Aston-Reese said. “I watched him flourishing up, from his initial year in a NHL.
“But as shortly as you’re on his line, a puck’s on your stick, and you’re creation plays. And he’s only a unequivocally good guy. Off a ice and divided from a rink, he creates we feel like you’re partial of a family and partial of a team.”
Not all has left perfect.
Aston-Reese and Crosby had a two-on-none opposite Los Angeles, yet unsuccessful to modify when Crosby’s lapse pass to Aston-Reese bounced.
“I was insane during myself that we didn’t strike it out of a air,” Aston-Reese said. “That’s what guys work on after use only messing around, batting pucks and things like that.”
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