For Ducks center Adam Henrique, comfort with new team was found quickly
CALGARY, Alberta – Adam Henrique jumped in with the Ducks on a road trip and seemingly hasn’t been in his new Orange County locale long enough to call it home.
It may have been the best thing for him.
“It’s been really good,” Henrique said Saturday of his first few weeks with the Ducks. “Some of the longest road trips I’ve had in my career, coming from Jersey. It has been big and it’s helped in really getting to know the guys away from the rink.
“On the road, you’re just with the guys. That’s it. I’ve gotten to know everybody really well. I’ve fit in well. I kind of feel like I came in and haven’t missed a beat, which has been big. It’s been big for me personally to feel comfortable with all the change that was going on.”
Change was significant. Hernique was drafted by New Jersey in 2008 and had been a regular with the Devils since his impressive 2011-12 season. A big trade where the Ducks would send out Sami Vatanen brought the 27-year-old forward out west.
But it didn’t take long for Henrique to feel comfortable. A hot start with his new team doesn’t hurt, either.
“Pretty much from the start, the guys really made me feel a part of the team right away,” Henrique said.
Having played his career in the Eastern Conference, Henrique would seem to have had to make a major adjustment to the Western. But he didn’t fully buy the perception that the West is about big, physical hockey and East teams played a game more focus on speed and skill.
“Just little subtle differences, I guess,” Henrique said. “But not a whole lot. I just try to focus on my game and not really focus who I’m playing. I think that was the biggest thing for me, […]