Milan Michalek has always been considered a talented player.

Staying healthy, however, has at times proven to be a challenge for him.

The Senators winger had knee issues that limited his effectiveness in the nation's capital. Yet, this year Michalek is healthy, happy and scoring goals at an impressive rate.

"I just feel good, I'm healthy, I've been playing with a lot of confidence and am happy to having got off to a good start," Michalek said. "I hope things can continue like that. I know it's a long season and there are going to be some ups and downs.

"I've had problems with my knees the last two years, but this year I was healthy and I was able to do a lot more this summer. That's probably helped me out a lot as well. I'm glad I'm able to stay healthy right now."