Devils 2016 first-round pick, Michael McLeod, will look to improve his strength and conditioning to hopefully make it to the NHL this season, per Chris Ryan of NJ.com.
The 19-year-old, who was selected 12th overall last year, is hoping to make the big leagues this season. To do so, director of amatuer scouting Paul Castron thinks he needs to hit the weights.
"I think the biggest part is the strength and conditioning," Castron said. "You don't necessarily need to rush that, sometimes it's just a maturing factor. Guys get older, they fill out. Sometimes guys rush that and get injured working out. You've got to put the time in the gym obviously, got to eat properfly and do all the little things right."
McLeod wanted to add some muscle once he was drafted. Since then, he added ten pounds as his 6-foot-2 frame is up to 195 pounds. He put the work he needed to in the gym, and it hasn't gone unnoticed.
"We're really happy with his performance this year," Castron said. "As a young player, it's just a matter of getting a little stronger every year to make that next step to pro hockey, which he's probably close to making."
Playing for the Mississauga Steelheads in the OHL last season, McLeod produced 27 goals and 46 assists for 73 points in 57 games. He also tallied 11 goals and 16 assists in 20 playoff games this year.