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2 hours ago, canuckledraggin said:

How fast was he skating?

Didn't get a chance to see besides a pick up game where he was just horsing around. His company seems questionable ,as in his friends if I may say. But we'll leave it at that don't want to get into his personal life 

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I'm sure management is keeping tabs on Jake. I doubt they'd let his weight get out of control. Some people are just built bottom heavy like those blow up clowns from the old days that couldn't get knocked over. When people have that body type they always look "chunky" even though they are probably in great shape. It has no doubt benefitted his ability to hit. 

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5 hours ago, Silky mitts said:

Ran into Jake couple times recently , looking a little chunky . A bit concerning if he doesn't come into training camp ready to go and in shape 

Jake will be fine, in two years we will have the power forward everyone is seeking, this year will be a bit better for him, possibly 20-25pts. He is worth the wait.

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59 minutes ago, bleedblue2017 said:

Jake will be fine, in two years we will have the power forward everyone is seeking, this year will be a bit better for him, possibly 20-25pts. He is worth the wait.

Hopefully I got high hopes and expectations for the kid. Like his style and tenacity 

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11 hours ago, nzan said:

I remember there's about 1/4 second in that Gudbranson Comes To Vancouver video where Virt is running drills and you can see a bit of belly rolling around under his shirt.

Being likened to Kessel isn't actually that bad a thing when you can also skate like Kessel. Or it would be a bad thing if your training and conditioning were being called into question...I don't think anyone is worried about the work that Virtanen is putting in, by all accounts he's been training like a madman all summer.

I imagine that this chunkiness will find itself becoming muscle mass and turning Virtanen into an even scarier beast.

He's young. Training like a pro takes time. Size when you are mobile as Jake is a plus, provided his stamina is there. 

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On Sunday, July 03, 2016 at 11:01 AM, Kenny Powers said:

https://m.soundcloud.com/tsn-radio-vancouver/emerson-etem-jake-virtanen-a-focused-summer-of-training-for-both

 

Just found this 1040 interview with JV & EE. They are training together and competing in sprints, cardio & weights. Sounds like Jake knows he has to earn his ice time, but still sounds pretty goofy/immature when interviewed (and fair enough at 20).

 

Side Note:  They also mentioned Daniel Sedin rode his bike from YVR straight to the Grouse Grind & went up in 35-37 min - what an ironman.

Well 36 is not really that old.

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On 8/15/2016 at 6:05 PM, Alflives said:

Ya, I must have hit my head.  I really like Jake's style of play, and how he thinks the game for how he plays.  It's these posts I keep reading about his diet, his partying, his lack of fitness, and other kind of character stuff.  

I live in Abbotsford.  Met him at a golf tourney this summer and a few social events.  See him at the gym often.  All I will say is he isn't in shape and he does like to have fun.  Having said that he seems like a good kid and is happy to be a Canuck.  

 

Like all of us he does need to grow up, let's remember he is still only a kid.  But I'm not convinced he has the dedication and mind set to be a top pro based on what I have seen and heard, even if he does posses the skills. Time will tell and I hope he is that player we all want him to be.  For his sake and the Canucks.  

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On 8/15/2016 at 10:02 PM, canuckledraggin said:

After next year the new analytics model is going to be wide hips and giant asses. good luck trying to skate down the left hand boards with Virtanen and Gudbranson waiting to back him up. Tryamkin takes giant to another level and he proved that his stick is equal to his size. Canucks are going to be more fun to watch since the 2010-2012 teams that had the best record in hockey, and it's all due to giant butts.

 

Someone must have told have told JV that force = mass * acceleration... he's just working on the mass part.  He can already skate like a runaway train, so the larger that train the more damage that will happen. 

 

 

Works for Crosby LOL

 

 

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12 hours ago, Kenny Powers said:

 Not sure what you mean. I wasn't implying Daniel was old.

 

 

I just meant we shouldn't be so surprised at how in shape he is because of his age. Might be getting up there for a hockey player but still a fairly young guy 

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3 hours ago, erkayloomeh said:

I just meant we shouldn't be so surprised at how in shape he is because of his age. Might be getting up there for a hockey player but still a fairly young guy 

 I understand what you're saying; however, my comment was irrespective of age. 

 

On topic...wonder what kind of workouts Jake is doing

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13 minutes ago, Kenny Powers said:

 I understand what you're saying; however, my comment was irrespective of age. 

 

On topic...wonder what kind of workouts Jake is doing

In all the videos they post with him, he looks pretty pudgy.  

Even in the new one with him playing Pokemon, he looks a little 'thick'.  

I hope he is taking this summer totally seriously and comes in great shape. 

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On August 20, 2016 at 1:17 PM, drummerboy said:

In all the videos they post with him, he looks pretty pudgy.  

Even in the new one with him playing Pokemon, he looks a little 'thick'.  

I hope he is taking this summer totally seriously and comes in great shape. 

Yeah he looks real thick in the upper legs. 

 

Couldn't tell for sure but looks like he has a tensor wrap around his right quad in that video. Hopefully nothing too serious.

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23 hours ago, The 5th Line said:

Impressed you throughout the season?  When?  Doing what?  He had a very underwhelming season other than a 3 week stretch after the WJHC.  He clearly doesn't have the brains to play in the big leagues yet and now everyone saying he is still out of shape just makes matters worse. 

Not happy to hear that he is not in shape in late August but I was happy with his rookie season. Why? He has NHL speed and size and uses it. He has the ability to make plays off the boards and from behind the net. IMHO Virtanen did grow during the season. It was a tough year for the entire team and I had no expectation that he would look like a pro first year out.

 

All this considered if management thinks Virtanen should get AHL time this year that is fine also.   

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Biggest thing with Virtanen is his cardio. Being able to go all out during a shift as opposed to being gassed after 20 seconds is key.

 

You can hardly tell if he's in shape or not from a video. Byflugien looks like somebodies dad, but the guy is in great shape.

 

His speed and strength were already good last season, it's his conditioning that needed work. If the Canucks trainers are working with him every day, I doubt they're letting him slip.

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