Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen was one of the first goalies to sit down with InGoal in-season for Pro Reads but before we could finish reviewing the video we’d prepared, we got another submission in a text message from Toronto goaltending coach Steve Briere.
It was a welcomed addition to our post-practice video review session, not only because it came directly from the coach (seriously, how cool has this project been?) and highlighted a sequence from two days earlier, but as Premium Members have come to appreciate, it means we get so share more insights from a goalie who has been so generous and open with them.
This play starts with a board battle in the corner to Andersen’s right, and then-St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo alone at the left point. As the puck comes out of the corner towards a wide-open Pietrangelo moves down to the top of the face-off circle, what are some of the key details you would want to take note of as a goaltender?
Based on what you can see above, what kind of depth would you consider ideal for Andersen as Pietrangelo skates into that cross-ice pass with no Toronto players near him?
Is your first instinct to step out and challenge the skilled defenseman?
Would the top of the crease be enough, or do you consider taking even more ice?
Would it surprise you to know Andersen doesn’t even get to the edge of his crease?
Let’s look at the entire sequence to see where Andersen ends up, and more importantly why.
Watch Andersen closely as that puck comes across to see what he does.
Did you see what allowed Andersen to limit how much ice he took, giving himself a chance to make a tough backdoor deflection look relatively easy considering Pietrangelo could have chosen to load up from that range instead?
Now let’s listen to Andersen’s breakdown:
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