Braden Holtby Image – Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire
Now, with just a couple weeks until the start of training camp and confirmation from a source close to Holtby that his playing days are indeed past him, we return to those video breakdown sessions with a little more somber tone. But sad as it would be to envision an NHL without Holtby in it, we don’t want to waste any of his incredible insights reading plays, so we’ll make our way through the remaining 10 minutes of our sit down with Holtby during last season.
This time Holtby is facing a rush chance against one of the best lines in hockey, the Boston Bruins Perfection Line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak:
We saw Holtby take ice against Artemi Panarin from closer range despite a similar backdoor option in one of his earlier breakdowns against the New York Rangers, so what is it about this threat Marchand that allow him to sit back closer to the post this time?
Like every rush chance, the speed of the attack matters, so let’s watch the entire sequence:
What about the way he used his stick? Was it risky?
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Now let’s listen in as Holtby dissects the play, including his stick use, and a breakdown on how he timed his lateral push on Pastrnak that some might find very interesting:
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