Like any situation, practice helps, so after seeing Fred Brathwaite run a two-player flash screen drill with Vegas Golden Knights prospect Jiri Patera, we wanted to share it for others to try.
“It’s about that flash screen and trying to find pucks through traffic,” said Brathwaite, who was sure to acknowledge he got the drill from Carolina Hurricanes goaltender coach (and fellow friend of InGoal) Paul Schonfelder last summer. “I’ve done it with all three goalies (including Laurent Brossoit and Michael Hutchinson) and they all like it because they said it’s game like, or more game-like than having someone stationary standing in front of them in practice.”
It’s a simple drill, with a shooter (in this case former NHL forward Joel Ward) set up between the top of the face-off circles, and two players starting at the edge of each face-off circle just outside the corners of the crease. Here’s a quick sample of one repetition with Patera:
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