What do Lundqvist’s eye-popping Bauer 2S graphics mean to you?
Henrik Lundqvist had a special Monday morning surprise for his fans on Instagram as he debuted a new custom graphic on his new Bauer Supreme 2S Pro pads for next season:
It’s an impressive design and we expect other Bauer pros to follow suit shortly. For example, we know Minnesota Wild No.1 Devan Dubnyk, among others, has a personalized design going, and we got a sneak peak at another “throwback” set that will be along the lines of the retro set Frederik Andersen wore for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ outdoor game last season.
But the bigger news is what it means for goaltenders not playing in the NHL.
As InGoal wrote in our first overview of Bauer’s Supreme OD1N 1S line way back in May, 2016, the company’s use of a digitally printed graphic on it’s new five-layer C.O.R.TECH skin should mean an almost limitless, game-changing ability to create custom graphics on the pads and gloves.
The question was always when that go public.
Behind the scenes, the answer was 2018, and between the improvements in Lundqvist’s new design (the blue was off in his first custom graphic last season) and the custom graphic we are expecting to see soon from other Bauer pros, it appears Bauer has got their custom process dialled in enough to make it a reality for the public in 2018, sometime after the Supreme 2S Pro launches in the spring.
For goalies, that may be just as exciting as Lundqvist’s sweet new look.