July 11, 2012
Meanness key for Jets bluelinerSol treats opposing players like they've delivered the ultimate insult.
By PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency
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 they’ve delivered the ultimate insult.
“It’s like someone p---d in your orange juice,” Sol was saying, Wednesday. “It’s controlled emotion. Don’t go running around like a maniac. But know that you’re 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 it’s mental, putting my mindset into it.”
Overshadowing Sol’s 180 minutes in penalties last season, his 15 goals, 38 points, more than double his previous year’s totals.
At 21, his junior eligibility is over, making the Jets camp and its off-ice lessons good timing for him.
“You’re living on your own now, you’re not with a billet or your family,” Sol said. “You’ve 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 year’s first-round pick.
“He’s gotten a little heavier,” Noel said. “You’re sitting here in July. I don’t sit here and look at Mark and say he looks a lot closer now, or he’s not closer, or I’m disappointed... he looks more comfortable. He looks fit. He looks like he’s 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.
“I’m definitely going to look to add a few more pounds,” he said. “Muscle-wise. You always want to keep the body fat down.”