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Over the past month we’ve introduced a series of simple movement drills featuring top Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and their goaltending development coach, Seamus Kotyk, inspired by the late Warren Strelow, a legend in the goalie coach fraternity.

For those who may not have seen or remember the original 5-puck movement sequences that kicked off this series, a reminder that Strelow would place five pucks strategically around the edge of the crease. Each represented what he believed to be five key points where saves were most often made, a variation of the zones or quadrants we still see today.

Those five points were used as focal points for movement in drills Kotyk and Sabres goalies still use daily, alternating between the variations for 3-4 minutes as part of their warm-ups.

“Just start moving around the crease and we are going to make you quicker, and if a guy is old school or new school, no problem,” Kotyk said. “We’re just going to make you move from these points to these points in the net and enhance your skills. That’s how we go about it.”

This week’s variation focuses on one side at a time by removing pucks from the other side:

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