Matt Murray may be sitting out this season with an injury that requires surgery, but we won’t waste the amazing insights the two-time Stanley Cup winner delivered for Pro Reads.

The Toronto Maple Leafs goalie delivered a master class on managing screens in his debut, touching on a long list of themes while identifying four keys to dealing with traffic and cross-body shots. It was so good, we stuck with the screen theme for his second Pro Reads and will continue that trend in this third installment from our lengthy video session in the summer.

Before you dig into this one, however we suggest going to his first breakdowns on how to deal with screens, an area he excelled statistically last season, according to Clear Sight Analytics, because doing so will make it easier for you to identify the keys to managing this play.

Matt Murray ProRead 1

Matt Murray ProRead 2


As already mentioned, Murray is once against dealing with traffic, but this time it’s against the Edmonton Oilers historically good power play and the screen is moving through his vision:

Knowing how he processed and managed those first two screen chances, what side of this screen are you expecting Murray to look around? Why?


Of course, we already told you the screen is moving, but not what way, so watch the video to add that important layer of context:

In his first two Pro Reads, Murray held his sight line on the short side before dealing with a shot that ends up going across the body of the players in front of him, forcing him to lose sight of the puck on its way to the net. This time, he switched to the middle. Why?

Was there anything that stood out about how Murray shifted across?


Let’s hear why Murray approached this screen and how it differed from his first two:

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