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.
The physical change already has affected him. He dropped a significant amount of weight. You can see how fit he is, and it shows in his game. The team specifically told him to get in shape, they gave him an exact program to follow. He did, and now he's playing like he did in the 2011 Calder Cup run. The team is really happy with his work ethic, attitude, and most of all, his ability.
If he's in the AHL the whole year, he'll be in the running for whatever goalie award they hand out.