"We think he has the potential to be a great two-way center in the NHL. We obviously like his size and the fact he will get even bigger. He put a strong emphasis on strength and conditioning and that impressed us and I know the coaching staff at Denver has done a great job with him."
-- Panthers pro scout Mike Yandle
knew exactly what he needed to do in the offseason to become the player everyone expected he could be.
At 6-3, 195 pounds, Shore, drafted No. 44 by the
in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, has the potential to be physical two-way forward and if he wanted to start realizing that potential, it was time to hit the gym. Not that the Denver native -- who grew up wanting to play like former Avalanche great
-- had a bad freshman season with 5 goals and 14 assists in 41 games, but he and those around him knew he could be better.
"I really wanted to get stronger because with my height and reach I felt if I was stronger I could be more effective," Shore said. "I spent a lot of time in the gym and just conditioning and I think that's helped me a lot. I think being stronger helps me demonstrate and use my skill level more because I can battle for pucks harder and win those battles. I wanted to be a presence both in front of the net and in the corners. It helps in the forecheck and really, all aspects."