With NHL training camps opening Wednesday and the Seattle Kraken preparing to hit the ice officially for the first time, it only made sense that we went back to one of their new goalies for this week’s Pro Reads segment. And while we could have gone back to Chris Driedger for a sixth entry dating back to his time with the Florida Panthers late last season, it made more sense to play some catch up with fellow Kraken expansion draft pick Joey Daccord, whose insights in his first two entries this summer left fans clamoring for more from the former Ottawa Senator.
Daccord kicked off his Pro Reads with a video breakdown of what it’s like to face Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid on a full-speed breakaway, and continued to demonstrate a high level of detail and insight with while reviewing a 4-on-4 rush against the Oilers.
Daccord is once again facing the Oilers for this third installment of Pro Reads – what can we say, it was a lot of the same opponents during last year’s unique 56-game, Covid-induced schedule – and while there are some similarities in the play there are specific differences worth reviewing, as he breaks down everything from rules on when to use post-integration, to pre-scouts and the importance of unpredictability, to visual habits and what he calls “the modern block.”
The puck carrier is again veteran forward Kyle Turris (8) coming down the right wing, same as Daccord’s second Pro Reads installment, but this time he’s a lot deeper in the zone and closer to the net, more of a shot threat and nearing the goal line for more of a dead-angle attack.
What do you make of Daccord’s positioning here? What are the most dangerous threats?
A few frames later, Turris is at the bottom of the faceoff circle and Daccord is in reverse-VH:
Same questions as above: what do you think about the choice to use RVH, and how have the threats changed in terms of who is the most dangerous player on the ice?
Now let’s take a look at the entire sequence to let you see how it plays out in real time:
The layered screen makes it a tougher play because the second shooter is tough to find, but what did you make of Daccord’s decision to get back up as he came off this post? What factors can you see that might have led him to realize he had time to grab more ice as he did?
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Now let’s get Daccord’s thoughts on the entire play and why he managed it that way.
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