Meanness key for Jets blueliner

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:20 PM ET

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets told 6-foot-6 inch defenceman Cody Sol to add a little meanness to his game.

So what does the 2009 Atlanta Thrashers draft pick do before OHL games with Kitchener?

He treats opposing players like theyve delivered the ultimate insult.

Its like someone p---d in your orange juice, Sol was saying, Wednesday. Its controlled emotion. Dont go running around like a maniac. But know that youre a big guy, people will be coming for you.

Sol carries some 242 pounds on that towering frame, a frightening prospect for anyone to go against, let alone drop the gloves with.

Turns out he works on that, too.

A lot of mental preparation, he said. I do a little bit in the gym with the punching bags and the trainer. But a lot of its mental, putting my mindset into it.

Overshadowing Sols 180 minutes in penalties last season, his 15 goals, 38 points, more than double his previous years totals.

At 21, his junior eligibility is over, making the Jets camp and its off-ice lessons good timing for him.

Youre living on your own now, youre not with a billet or your family, Sol said. Youve got bills to pay, now. Next year is going to be pro and I want to make it the highest level I can.

SCOUTING SCHEIFELE: Jets head coach Claude Noel offered his take on Mark Scheifele, last years first-round pick.

Hes gotten a little heavier, Noel said. Youre sitting here in July. I dont sit here and look at Mark and say he looks a lot closer now, or hes not closer, or Im disappointed... he looks more comfortable. He looks fit. He looks like hes preparing himself. But we have to wait to see what takes place in September.

After tipping the scales at 177 pounds early last season, Scheifele is hoping to weigh in at around 195 pounds for his second Jets training camp.

Im definitely going to look to add a few more pounds, he said. Muscle-wise. You always want to keep the body fat down.


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