(WBNG) -- With the AHL targeting an early December start, the Binghamton Devils will go nearly nine months without playing together.
Despite the long stretch without hockey, B-Devils forward Brett Seney said the time off has had some benefits.
"I think I can speak for all of us, we feel better than ever," said Seney. "It's very rare for us to be able to have this stretch of time and be able to train and build our bodies, and anyone who was maybe banged up for a bit take that time to get back to normal."
Seney is currently home in London, Ontario. He said there are a number of professional players nearby he has been able to train with.
"With everything being closed down, as much as you can workout at home and run outside, that kind of thing," he said.
Seney said as far as personal improvements, he's spent the summer getting stronger.
"I've probably put on fifteen pounds of muscle and probably the fastest, strongest and biggest I've ever been," said Seney. "Every week we do a lot of skills work and things like that. You can never be too good at those kind of things too so just all around getting stronger and continuing to work on the small things."
Seney said he expects the AHL to follow the NHL's lead when it comes to returning to play.
"We haven't necessarily been given too many guidelines about things, we've been given recommendations about when to be ready to come back," he said.
The B-Devils were closing in on a playoff spot when the season ended in March. When the team does return, expectations are high.
"I think it just falls on every guy to do what they can in the summer to get better," said Seney.
Like any other season, with new faces coming in Seney said it will take some time to build chemistry among the team.
"Obviously training camp and those first couple of practices and exhibition games, kind of get the gel going again," he said.
Without knowing for sure when the season will begin, Seney is focusing on improving as he enters his third professional season.
"It's more control what you can control and just be ready whenever that call does come," he said.
Seney led the B-Devils with 44 points last season.