Power Play Depth Decisions and Post Recoveries

Joseph Woll’s appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was unfortunately abbreviated but brilliant nonetheless. He put up an NHL-leading +8.3 adjusted SV% in two games before a back injury forced him to miss Game 7 and the Toronto Maple Leafs were eliminated.

The good news for InGoal Magazine readers is Woll’s video breakdown session this season was not abbreviated at all, and we’ve got plenty more brilliant Pro Reads left to share.


We’ll continue with Woll is facing an Ottawa Senators power play, with the puck on the stick of skilled defenseman Jake Sanderson near the top of the left face-off circle:

Sanderson has time and space with the puck here, but Woll isn’t really coming off his goal line much at all – can you see why that might be the case? What are the primary threats?

Are there any set plays from there you can envision that might require being deep?


Ask yourself the same questions as you watch the entire sequence:

Seeing the pass down and the ensuing save on the pass across, can you see now why Woll’s initial depth made more sense? Did anything else stand out about his movements and depth decisions, either before or after the initial save going left to right?


Now let’s check in with Woll for the full breakdown and his keys to managing this play:

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