Rookie center Matt Cullen didn't know what sort of goals to set in his first training camp with the Ducks.
"I wanted to leave a lasting impression," he said. "I didn't know what to expect. I was hoping I would play up to my ability. I was hoping to play my best and make the team."
Mission accomplished, although he took a short detour to play with Cincinnati of the American Hockey League last month. After five games in the minors, Cullen joined the Ducks on Oct. 28 and he's been impossible to move out of the lineup since.
Imagine his excitement on the occasions he has played on the same line as right wing Teemu Selanne. Cullen hasn't been a frequent center for Selanne, but it's been a thrill each time he's skated with him.