John Tavares, New York Islanders
The Mississauga, Ontario native has been an overachiever for his entire career—he was the youngest player ever to be drafted into the Ontario Hockey League and went on to be the first overall pick for the New York Islanders in the NHL Draft. Although Tavares doesn’t have elite speed, his 6’1”, 205-pound frame gives the Islanders a physical player with the strength to barrel through defenders. Tavares uses squats, deadlifts, bench press work, medicine ball drills, weighted situps, and rotational exercises in his training, and he’s helped the Isles become contenders after years of building.
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