Reflecting on his first professional season, Bakersfield Condors defenceman Joey LaLeggia is pleased with his growth.
“There’s a lot of learning that had to be done this year,” he said. “There was an adjustment period but I do like the way I finished the season. I think I made a lot of strides and I’m excited going into next year.”
A season of up and downs for the Oilers AHL affiliate team saw LaLeggia’s versatility challenged, stepping out of his comfort zone to take on the role of wingman when needed.
“I think everyone’s goal is to come in here and play in the NHL and to become the best player they can possibly be,” said LaLeggia. “I didn’t get to play in the NHL [this season] but… I am very happy with the strides I made in my game this year.”
Heading into the off-season, the blueliner said he plans to alter his fitness regime slightly.
“I think I need to lift a little more weights than usual… but without doing so much that I lose my speed and my quickness.”