It sure didn't take Carson Meyer long to make an impact for his hometown NHL team.
The former Ohio State forward made his NHL debut with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night. Just a day later, he was named the team's MVP of the Jackets' 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, notching both his first NHL assist and goal just minutes apart.
Meyer recorded his first NHL point early in the first period when he assisted on a Brendan Gaunce goal. But he found the back of the net himself later in the period to notch the first goal of his NHL career.
"Something you remember forever, seeing the puck cross the line, pretty awesome feeling," Meyer said after the game. "Feels great to win, always does."
For his two-point performance, Meyer was named the team's MVP of the game.
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Meyer is a Columbus product through and through. He grew up in nearby Powell, Ohio, played youth hockey in Columbus, play for the Buckeyes in college, and now gets to play professionally for his hometown Columbus Blue Jackets.
“Just the chance to put on that jersey in front of my whole family and friends (in Columbus) was special for me and I know it was just as special for my parents,” Meyer said before the game. “The first one is tough. There’s so much emotionally going on. You’ve waited your whole life for it. You can’t deny there’s a bit of nervousness and jitters and so much to think about. Now I’ve got my first one out of the way, hopefully I can relax and settle down.”
With his performance on Tuesday night, it’s safe to say he settled down just fine.