Patric Hornqvist never played with star forwards in Nashville, but don't expect him to be star-struck this season.
Hornqvist said Thursday that while he never has played with star centers such as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, he isn't about to change his game into something it isn't. The 27-year-old winger who was traded from Nashville to the Penguins last Friday plays a simple, hard-working style, which is exactly what the Penguins like about him.
“I'm going hard to the net and scoring goals around the net,” Hornqvist said.
Just how many goals might he score with Crosby and Malkin?
“It's hard to say,” Hornqvist said. “But I've got a great opportunity playing with two of the best centers in the world.”
Hornqvist was asleep in Sweden when news broke that he was traded. He received a phone call from Nashville general manager David Poile and couldn't believe what he was hearing.
“I was shocked during those first couple of hours,” he said. “I still thought it was a dream. After a few hours, though, I was so happy that Pittsburgh wanted me. I've only heard good things about the team and that organization. They always have a chance to win, so I'm excited for this fresh start.”
Hornqvist said he has evolved as a player. When he played in Europe, he said he scored most of his goals from the high slot.

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