Newly acquired and recently recalled defenseman Dylan Reese laughed when I asked if that was an accurate characterization of the past few days.

"That is the word everyone has been using," Reese said. "For sure it has been."

The flurry of activity began Monday when he got a call while grocery shopping that he had been traded in exchange for Greg Moore from Columbus' AHL franchise, the Syracuse Crunch.

After a 9 p.m. Syracuse departure, the 25-year-old Pittsburgh native arrived in Bridgeport at 2 a.m.

From 7am to 11 am Tuesday morning Reese underwent physical testing to complete the trade and later that night he got off to a quick start, with a goal and an assist in his first game with the Sound Tigers.

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Then came the call the next day that he'd be called up to replace injured Andrew MacDonald in the lineup Thursday in Atlanta.

"Obviously it's a huge honor," Reese said of the opportunity of playing in his first NHL game. "I'm surprised it happened so quickly but I've been waiting my whole life for this."

Reese said he won't try to do too much, just play his game and make the most of his time on the ice.

"I just want to show I can play at this level and contribute."

Reese's parents will be at Philips Arena for his debut, along with his childhood hockey coach from Pittsburgh.