As part of a summer-long series, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Broadcaster Mike O'Brien will be catching up with Penguins players to see what they have been up to during the offseason.
This week, he caught up with Reid McNeill...
For the full interview, check out the audio below.
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Q: We saw you a little while ago at Penguins Development Camp. How’s the summer been since?? Did you get a little breather at some point this summer yet?
A: Yeah. I took a couple of days off. It was a good week in Pittsburgh, a pretty tough week on the body. I took a couple days off to kind of rest up but I’m back to work now. Just trying to put in the hours now before September.
Q: How does your summer look like in terms of training? Obviously you’re one of the younger players on the team, but heading into your third year of professional hockey, how does the summer go when you have to go to Development Camp but then still get yourself ready for the start of the season?
A: The Development Camp is kind of like the bench mark of the summer, so after the season you want to take some time to let your body rest up and heal and everything but at the same time you know you have to be ready for Development Camp and put in a good showing. So, I took probably two weeks off of just relaxing and letting the body get back to where it needed to be and then back to work getting ready for Development Camp. Since then I kind of took another couple days off and then right back to training as usual and now it’s kind of like the final stretch getting ready for Rookie Camp, main camp and preseason and the whole year. It kind of splits up your summer but it gets you ready for the year.
Q: Coming out of Development Camp and getting ready for the Rookie Tournament and Pittsburgh Penguins Training Camp, what are the things you’re now trying to work on over the remaining weeks to get you ready for those things?
A: Well for me, I’m a bigger body but I really need to fill out a little bit more. This summer I’ve really put a focus and emphasis on getting my weight up and getting my strength up. At the same time, I want to keep my mobility and my lateral mobility. So a lot of strength stuff but at the same time I’m at the track doing sprints and foot speed and everything like that. I want to be a bigger body this year. Be able to be a little stronger in the fights and bigger in the corners in front of the net, just be a bigger force out on the ice.
Q: Well it sounds like you’ve had a very hard working summer so far and it’s going to be more of the same heading into September. But it is the offseason, “offseason,” for you, what are some of the fun things you’ve gotten to do either so far or upcoming?
A: Well I’m pretty close to Toronto. I’m not too far from Toronto. My brother lives there. He’s got a place there. I went down there for two nights and I ended up staying the whole week. That was a good week down in Toronto. Saw some old friends back there. My big weekend is this weekend coming up. It’s a long weekend up here in Canada. I’m going up to Toronto. There’s two nights of concerts that I’m going to. So I’m going to see Outkast and Drake and whoever Drake decides to bring to Toronto. It’s going to be a surprise. I’m heading down there with a bunch of friends. We’re going to get a hotel and do that whole thing. It’s going to be a good time.