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Alex Nedeljkovic has talked about the importance of the inside-leg anchor for proper execution in the Reverse (or Reverse-VH or RVH if you prefer) a couple of times doing Pro Reads video breakdowns of saves, including his most recent entry earlier this week.

For Nedeljkovic, having his inside edge anchored, engaged and above the goal line is important not just for driving that short-side seal, but also facilitates better movement to the other post.

“It’s the key to everything,” Nedeljkovic said. “Keeping it 1. Anchored and 2. Above the goal line.”

It’s a thought echoed by top goalies and goaltending coaches right up the NHL. Some take it a step further, with specific angles for that inside edge relative to the goal line, and we’ve got some great videos coming with Ian Clark of the Vancouver Canucks explaining why.

Yet right up to the NHL you will still see goalies leave that inside edge disengaged, their back leg sitting on the ice below the goal line on sharp angle plays and pucks behind the net.

Nedeljkovic used to be one of those goalies.

So how can we get rid of that habit?

Nedeljkovic came up with a great, simple check point while doing crease-movement patterns as part of his regular warm-ups to make sure he was using that inside leg properly:

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“When I do warm-ups before practice I look for, especially when we do this post work and the RVH, is how much I have marked up the ice inside if the net,” Nedeljkovic said. “It really shouldn’t be any because my foot should never be going inside of the net.”

As for why it’s important, Nedeljkovic explained in Pro Reads how it used to affect his post play.

“My back leg would be stretched out, flat, useless,” he said. “Because I didn’t have leverage and that leg anchoring me down, I couldn’t reach with it, so I would have to push off the post and it would be so inconsistent. I wouldn’t necessarily be going to the other post. I would be pushing out, or I’d almost just fall into the middle, or I would over push and over-rotate.”

Nedeljkovic dug into the evolution of his RVH in a pair of Pro Reads worth re-visiting:

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