During his days as a 16-year-old in the OJHL, Dallas Stars prospect Devin Shore felt like he was being overpowered by more physically mature opponents. That was one of the driving forces behind his decision to taking the slower development route of playing in the NCAA rather than continuing his junior career, as he explained to the team’s website.

“It wasn’t an easy decision. I flip-flopped back and forth,” Shore said. “The OHL is such a great option, but you have to pick what is right for you. The biggest thing for me is that I needed more time to develop. I was a small kid going into my 16-year-old (OJHL) year, and there were guys stronger than me and way more mature physically, so I figured the college route extends the window to become a pro.”

The 19-year-old is taking that extra time to bulk up, if nothing else.