Goalie David LeNeveu, who is in the Stanley Cup Final as the Rangers backup, beginning one of the drills designed to challenge and train his ability to read the puck and play, something that is so important in the pro game today.
The last time InGoal Magazine saw David LeNeveu was on Vancouver Island last summer, as he took to the ice for training sessions with his long-time personal goaltending coach, Perry Elderbroom of Gold in the Net goaltending schools.
LeNeveu, a 10-year pro with NHL experience in Phoenix and Columbus, in was coming off his first season in Austria and still looking for a contract for the 2013-14 season. Fast forward to the start of the Stanley Cup Final and there was LeNeveu on the ice taking turns with Henrik Lundqvist in the New York Rangers net during Game 1 warm ups after regular backup Cam Talbot was injured in practice.
LeNeveu and Elderbroom were kind enough to team up with InGoal in the past to share one of the goalie’s favourite drills, one designed to add more of a “game-like” situation and force the goalie to make a read on the puck, something missing from a lot of summer sessions.
LeNeveu, who was with the Edmonton Oilers organization at the time, called it a “hard reads drill.”
“It’s like a puck moving through a screen – through a defenseman’s skates or another forward’s skates,” LeNeveu said. “It’s really hard to pick up. You’re trying to pick up on the player’s body movement and all the little intricacies that you see over the course of your game. You have to recognize if a player is going to make that pass or make that shot. You have to identify early in order to make the proper save because if you don’t pick it up, or make the wrong read, it’s an open net for them every single time.”
Read more about the drill, and LeNeveu’s keys to executing it successfully in InGoal Magazine’s October 2012 edition by clicking here, or on the photo illustration below: