Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/20/10 at 09:37 AM ET
from Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
For James van Riemsdyk, it’s all about consistency.
The Flyers’ second-year left winger wants to improve his production, and it’s showing in his high-intensity performances during the first two days of training camp at Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees.
“I made a really good transition [to the NHL] off the bat,” he said. “But I don’t know what it was. Maybe it could have been a little bit of mental, a little bit of physical. Towards the second half of the year, I started to struggle a little bit and maybe wasn’t as consistent as I was earlier on.”
The second overall pick in the 2007 NHL draft finished his up-and-down rookie season with 15 goals and 35 points.
Not satisfied with those numbers, van Riemsdyk spent the summer in Darien, Conn., working on his strength. He added only six pounds to his now 206-pound frame, but he bulked up.
“You could either use that experience you had to be comfortable, or get right back to work,” he said of his decision to train over the summer. “And my approach was to get right back to work.”
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