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Summer Plans: Henrik Borgstrom

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop /

Welcome to the brand new series "Summer Plans," where your favorite Florida Panthers players share what they'll be up to in the months before the 2019-20 season.

This week's Panther: Henrik Borgstrom (interview was conducted on April 8, 2019)

Q: How much time do you plan to take off before getting back to work this summer?

BORGSTROM: I think I'll take off three weeks or so. It's been a long season, my first pro season. I played close to 82 games between the AHL and NHL. I'm going to take some time off and then probably at the end of this month I'll start working out again with some guys in Finland.

Q: How does your training typically progress as the summer rolls along?

BORGSTROM: It's pretty straightforward. I know [Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon] wants me to work out with Barky [Aleksander Barkov] a bit. After that I'll come back to Florida sometime in August and start preparing for the upcoming season.

Q: Do you train with any current or former NHL players?

BORGSTROM: There's a few. In the group I train with there's guys like Teuvo Teravainen from Carolina and Esa Lindell from Dallas. It's a good group. To see how those guys were able to take those next steps in their career, it gives me confidence that I'm on the right track as well.

Q: Are there any specific areas of your game that you'll focusing on improving?

BORGSTORM: I want to get stronger and faster. Those are the two biggest ones, and I know they're pretty broad. I think I'm not even close to my ceiling yet. Physically, I still look like I'm in middle school, pretty much. I'm trying to concentrate on those two things: faster and stronger.

Q: You've spent a lot of time with the guys in that locker room this season. Which one of your Panthers teammates do you think you're going to miss seeing the most on a regular basis throughout the summer?

BORGSTROM: I'm probably going to miss Malgy [Denis Malgin] and the kind of negativity he sometimes has (laughs). He's always asking and asking and asking questions. It's like, "No! No! No!"

Q: What's the biggest non-hockey event currently on your schedule this summer?

BORGSTROM: I don't know if there's any weddings coming up. I'm still pretty young, so none of my friends are really getting married yet. But at the end of this month, my grandma is having a birthday and I'll get to see all my relatives there. That might be one of the bigger occasions back in the motherland. After that, I'll be watching some different sporting events, mostly soccer.

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Q: Summer is typically a time for big concerts and blockbuster movies. Is there any particular one of those that you've currently got circled on your calendar?

BORGSTROM: I like movies, but I haven't checked what's coming out yet. I actually just went to the movie theater a little bit ago with Monty [Sam Montembeault]. We saw Captain Marvel. It was pretty good. I'll have to look what's coming out and then I'll probably see a few more.

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