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As Joseph Woll gets back into a game and continues his comeback from a serious ankle injury with a conditioning loan to the American Hockey League this weekend, it felt like a good time to go back to the Toronto Maple Leafs standout for some more Pro Reads.

Woll, who was quietly playing himself into Vezina Trophy consideration before the Dec. 7 high ankle sprain with a +2.0 adjusted save percentage that still ranks 5th in the NHL ahead of big names like Connor Hellebuyck and Thatcher Demko, was actually featured in Pro Reads before. Woll did five of these video breakdowns with InGoal after being a guest on Episode 158 of the InGoal Radio Podcast almost exactly two years ago.

Of course, two years is a long time in the development of a young pro, so we sat down with Woll recently for an extensive video review session from games early this season.


Woll’s second Pro Reads session starts with a rush chance against the Tampa Bay Lightning and a line that includes Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point, but as you’ll hear in his video review below, we also delve into post integration preferences after the save:

Seeing this play develop as Kucherov carries it over the blue line, what are the most dangerous threats at this point, and why? What do you make of Woll’s depth?

What about his depth decision?

Do your answers change at all seeing that second freeze frame as Kucherov pulls up?


Ask yourself the same questions as you watch this play out in real time below, but also pay special attention to Woll’s recovery after the save and how he works into his posts:

How early did you identify Point on the far side of the ice as the most dangerous threat?

Given that, what did you make of Woll’s initial positioning on this play?

Did anything stand out about how he managed the post-save recovery?


Now let’s check in with Woll for his breakdown of the rush and his recovery tactics:

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