Originally Posted by Skin Blues
I don't know how this usually turns out with hockey players, but in baseball whenever somebody comes into camp in "the best shape of their life" it's almost always meaningless and they often have a terrible year. It's a running joke, actually. I'ts great that he's devoted to making an effort but I don't know how much the physical changes will affect him, if at all. Bottom line is that I wouldn't let it affect the way you think about him.
Completely different sports. In baseball you can be 50 lbs overweight and be an all star (Prince Fielder). In hockey, with the exception of Buff, you have to be in tip top shape. In baseball, aside from the pitchers, you can physically play 3 games in a day and not break a sweat (or barely sweat). Some hockey players (goalies included) can lose more than 10 lbs of water from sweat in a single game. Can't compare the two sports whatsoever, other than a correlation in hand-eye coordination, which is also applicable to golf and lacrosse.