LOS ANGELES -- Those that didn't know any better probably would have guessed that Matt Hackett was running on pure adrenaline.
As so often happens when one finally steps on NHL ice, the blood flows and the brain buzzes with the excitement of living out a lifelong dream.
That appears to be evident with Hackett, who made his NHL debut and first start within 72 hours this week for the Minnesota Wild.
He saw the puck well. He anticipated plays. His glove hand was quick. In other words, he looked like he had been there before.