Jack Eichel is having a fine rookie season. The Buffalo Sabres' center has already amassed 20 goals and 26 assists. The second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the 19-year-old Eichel is quickly becoming one of the league's brightest young stars. He's strong, he's fast and he has elite vision and playmaking abilities.
Much of Eichel's explosiveness can be attributed to his work in the weight room. You can't survive in the NHL without spending serious time training off the ice, and Eichel has been at it for years. While clicking around on YouTube the other day, we discovered this video of a 16-year-old Eichel hang cleaning 300 pounds:
That video came from elite strength coach Ben Bruno, who trained Eichel in his younger days. Seeing the wiry young hockey phenom crush a 300-pound Hang Clean gives you an idea of how strong and explosive he was, even in high school. Now listed at 6-foot-2, 201 pounds, Eichel is still physically maturing—which makes it downright scary to think about how strong he will be in a few more years.
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