Curtis McElhinney photo: Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire
Curtis McElhinney retired this season after a 16-years NHL career that ended with back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and has quickly transitioned into a coaching role, which makes him the perfect candidate for Pro Reads.
McElhinney, whose Pro Reads debut featured a shorthanded 3-on-1 chance against the Florida Panthers, has been doing a lot of that coaching online, with programs that include video reviews, mentorship and beginning later this week, a monthly Goalie IQ Zoom session breaking down his puck-stopping peers. It kicks off with a closer look at his Tampa Bay playing partner, Andrei Vasilevskiy, on Sunday, Jan. 9, and registration is open to the public (click here).
In the meantime, here’s another sample of the types of insight McElhinney will be sharing.
McElhinney’s second Pro Reads is against his former team, the Carolina Hurricanes, and a 5-on-5 screen shot that leads to what looks like a desperation save – or was it really?
First off, welcome to life as an NHL goalie trying to find the puck through all those bodies. Other than the difficulty caused by the multiple layers of screens from both his team and his old team, is there anything about this situation and the way McElhinney handles it that jumps out?
With all those bodies between McElhinney and the impending point shot there’s not much point getting caught up in multiple freeze frames, so let’s see how it plays out in real time:
Seeing it in real time, it appears McElhinney did a good job finding that release and was headed in the right direction before the puck changed direction after hitting a body in the slot.
From there it’s a scramble, but did you see any clues about where the puck ended up?
THE PRO READ
Let’s check in with McElhinney for his full explanation and breakdown:
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