During his end-of-season media session last May, Craig Berube said he wanted Robert Thomas to have a solid summer in terms of conditioning and training.
If the coach of the Blues spoke about it to the media, rest assured, he spoke about it to Thomas. And Thomas apparently got the message.
“Thommer has done a great job this summer working extremely hard,” said Berube. “He’s in very good shape. Very committed player.
Thomas said he changed his offseason routine – not dramatically, but enough to come back lighter, faster and stronger.
A year ago he reported camping a little heavier. Intentionally. But he’s taken a different approach this year. Did the extra weight just not work for him last season?
“It was a little hard to say,” Thomas said. “Last year I obviously got injured for most of the year so I didn’t really get a good test. But I think the main thing is that this year I’m feeling good on the ice. And I’m just ready to go. I have a lot to prove this year.
Thomas, now 22, won a Stanley Cup as a teenager and then increased his production to 42 points (10 goals, 32 assists) in 66 games during the 2019-20 campaign.
But he regressed last season, largely through injury, with just three goals and nine assists in 33 games. He wasn’t as strong with the puck as he had been the previous season, and every time he seemed to gain momentum he got hurt.