Oct 13, 2013, 6:04 PM EST
Young New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique has a simple goal: he wants to be tougher to play against. He’s being specific, though, as he told the Newark Star-Ledger that he doesn’t want to be a “pest.”
For me it’s trying to be going every shift,” Henrique explained. “Have my legs going and be involved in the game physically winning puck battles. I need to focus on doing that every shift every game, to be hard to play against. Be a pain to play against. When I’m involved in the game like that is when I’m playing my best.
“Not like a pest. Somebody who’s always winning puck battles and always playing hard on the puck. Getting in there and making it tough on the other team. Not turning into a pest out there, starting scraps or stuff like that. I’m not looking to start any big fights or anything.”
The 23-year-old forward is average-sized, if not flat-out small, so staying out of scuffles would probably serve him best. Granted, some of the most pesky forwards were under-sized (Claude Lemieux was no behemoth and Theo Fleury’s sprite-like frame powered his rage), but the Devils would probably prefer to see Henrique create goals instead of havoc.
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