Hearing Dakota Joshua speak with the media Monday morning, he was excited just to make his NHL debut with the St. Louis Blues.
And then he went out and scored his first NHL goal.
The Dearborn native, who played for HoneyBaked before moving onto the USHL ranks, drove hard to the net and saw a rebound bounce off him and past Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson.
Joshua, 24, was originally a fifth-round pick of Toronto in 2014, but was dealt to the Blues in July of 2019 for future considerations. While the Blues are dealing with a number of injuries, Joshua started the season in Utica (AHL) with a goal and an assist in four games, earning his way into the lineup. And his goal helped lift the struggling Blues to a win over the Ducks.
Of course before the game he also did the solo lap as is tradition for those making their debuts.