Adam McMaster returns as one of the North Bay Battalion’s veterans in his third OHL season after being a first round pick by the club back in 2016.
The Beamsville, Ont., native picked up 24 points in his rookie campaign before boosting production to 28 points a year ago.
McMaster took time during Battalion Training Camp to answer some questions and share his outlook on the season ahead.
After scoring nine goals and 19 assists as a sophomore, how have you prepared for your third OHL season?
“Just focus on getting bigger, stronger, putting on a little bit of weight. I consider myself a smaller guy in the league so for me to put on a little bit of weight makes me harder to move around, maybe get to the net a little better, and push guys around better in my defensive zone.”
One of your biggest strengths when you were a first round pick out of Minor Midget was speed. Do you still consider your skating to be one of your biggest assets?
“Yeah, for sure. I believe my skating sets me apart from other guys around the league. I consider it a big aspect of my game. When I’m not skating well I’m probably not playing well. If I can skate well and get a step on defenders and take the puck to the net, or if it’s getting back defensively and catching a third guy high, I truly believe it’s the biggest aspect of my game.”
You’ve had the opportunity to play both centre and wing in North Bay. What position do you prefer and why?
“It was a little different playing wing since I’ve played centre my whole life. But honestly, to me, it doesn’t really matter what position I play. Whether Stan (Butler) wants to put me on the wing or up the middle it truly doesn’t matter I’m comfortable playing both. It’s just whatever the team needs if they need me to step up or sit back and play centre or play wing it doesn’t really matter where I play down the lineup I’m comfortable playing both positions.”
Do you think there’s anything you need to do as a player to help the team further?
“Just do whatever they ask of me. Obviously I have my own personal strengths, being my skating and my quickness. Whatever they’re asking me to do I’m going to do it and step up and do it to the best of my ability to help them win.”
What sorts of things do you do for fun around North Bay in your down time?
“It’s actually really nice up here now. Sometimes we’ll go out on the lake, go boating, or just go for a nice swim on either Lake Nipissing or Trout Lake. There’s lots of hikes. You can go up to the falls, or to the quarry and go cliff jumping, so there’s plenty of fun things to do around here.”
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