Apr 8, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Nashville Predators right wing Patric Hornqvist (27) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Predators 3-2 in the overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Patric Hornqvist excited about future with Penguins

Patric Hornqvist was traded from the Nashville Predators, along with Nick Spaling, to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for James Neal during the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

A week after the trade, he has expressed his excitement to be playing for such an amazing franchise.

“Obviously, it’s hard to say how much I can produce while playing with Crosby and Malkin,” Hornqvist said. “I got a great opportunity in front of me, playing with two of the best centermen in the world, but I’m not going to change my game. I’m still going to go hard to the net and try to score goals around the net. Obviously, I’m so happy for this opportunity to come to this organization and a good team and have a great chance to win. So I’m excited and ready for the season to start.”

Hornqvist played his first six seasons with the Predators, just completed an excellent season with a career high 53 points during the 2013-14 campaign.

“When I came to Nashville, I was always trying to go to the front of the net and they put me on the front of the net on the power play,” Hornqvist said. “And after that I get more ice time and get on the power play … and the puck starts to go in, and from then on I was always trying to go hard to the net.”

Hornqvist was known as the funny guy in the locker room prior to games when in Nashville. He hopes he can bring the same vibe to Pittsburgh and continue to bring his best to the ice while making the Penguins a better team.

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