I know that response was tongue in cheek. I know that it was just a part of Adam Henrique's continued effort to become one of the faces of the 'new' New Jersey Devils franchise. Adam Henrique, his oft-humorous social media quips, and the fanfare surrounding his lip sweater are making this team exponentially more fun to watch, as well as cover. So yeah, his appearance is mostly about bringing attention to a great cause, but there still is a little bit of truth to his completely ridiculous comment. There are only select few that can pull off a good old fashioned mustache. Generally they are older men, creepy younger men, or those with an unbelievable, and sometimes irrational, sense of confidence. Adam Henrique might not fit the first two categories all that well, but he fits the third one to be an absolute T.
I'm not saying that a clean shaven Adam Henrique doesn't make that pass, but I am saying a mustachioed Adam Henrique is infinitely more likely to. Look at the times in which Adam Henrique has let his razor collect dust for a prolonged period of time. The 2012 playoffs where he scored two series ending overtime goals, with the most notable ending the hated New York Rangers season and sending the Devils to the finals, and the last month of this season. A month in which his prolonged hot streak has the Devils looking like a brand new organization. Literally the two most offensively proficient stretches of Rico's career directly correlate with when he had nickname-appropriate facial hair. Sure, some would say a fully healed wrist after offseason surgery could be responsible for a peak in his production, but nothing says renewed self confidence like a sweet set of handlebars. Honestly, does a man that is not feeling cocky make a drop pass on a breakaway? Riddle me that, because I haven't seen a pass that pretty and unexpected come off the stick of a Devils player since the days of the 'A Line'. That mustache may not have eyes in the back of it's head, but maybe, just maybe, it's helping the player that sports it pretend like he does. After all, does someone that isn't feeling untouchable sport something like this?