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Last week we introduced you to a series of movement drills featuring Buffalo Sabres top puck-stopping prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and their goaltending development coach, Seamus Kotyk, that were inspired by the late Warren Strelow, a legend in the goalie coach fraternity.

Last week’s drills were built around placing 5 pucks around the edge of the crease for a variety of movement drills, both from the feet and in and out of reverse-VH. This week, Kotyk removes one of the five pucks to change things up, but the focus remains the same: improving speed and movement with a series of simple drills that his goalies use daily as part of their warm-ups, with the real beauty being how well they work at every level, from pee wee right up to pro.

1-2 Post-to-Post Drill

This might look familiar to last week’s 5 puck drill series, and you wouldn’t be wrong, but by removing the center puck (Puck 3) and working on one side before coming across on the goal line to repeat the same movements on the other side, the focus changes. In this case, the biggest point of emphasis is getting Luukkonen more comfortable — and quicker — moving from being outside his post on Puck 1, to getting back inside that post and across to the other one:

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