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PHI/CBJ: Bobrovsky Traded for 3 Picks
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06-08-2012, 09:23 PM
Giroux tha Damaja
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Thanks for the report; that's a lot of good info there. I guess my question is, of the goals that he allows, is there a particular area (where the shot comes from) where he has a tendency to be deficient in? Is he lights-out on shots that come from outside the slot, or is he stout from distant shots and deficient in anything from in-close?
The reason I ask is because, in our case, we see Steve Mason in a similar way. He's freakishly athletic, but has a nasty tendency to allow first-shot goals. He's usually fine on shots that come from outside the slot, but if someone gets a shot away from that area, it's a 50:50 chance that it goes in no matter how set he may be.
And to go further with that, Mason is a goalie who erupted as a starter (and Calder Trophy winner) without a goalie coach.
Everybody's happy with the trades, I think. Philly got rid of their headache and added two excellent pieces, Los Angeles got a pouting malcontent who did a 180 as soon as he arrived, and Columbus has Jack Johnson and a future 1st-rounder.
I'm pretty sure the London Knights have a goalie coach. That's where Mason played in Juniors right? When I say Bobrovsky never had a goalie coach, I mean he never even went to a goal tending camp, he hadn't met a goal tending specific coach till he came here.
As for highly specific shots Bobrovsky struggles against . . . there's a few. with any goalie if you can get some East-West puck movement before a shot you've got a better chance to score, because the goalies either deep in his net, or far out of his net and can't keep up laterally. When Bob hasn't been getting lots of starts and isn't anticipating well he has both problems in a big way. Basically, good positional goalies are in the shot lane, waiting for the puck more often than not, which makes their lives easy. Bob is coming into the shot lane as the puck is just getting to him, which obviously makes every save more demanding as far as coordination goes.
He also doesn't telescope well (challenge and then skate backwards with the shooter). So on odd man rushes, he is as likely to not come out far enough at first and then leap out at the shooter if they haven't already shot it by him, or come out too far then then either not come back far enough and get deked around, or he'll come back too fast to compensate and end up on his goal line while the shooter is still 10 feet outside the crease.
Basically just really unrefined technique, particularly in situations where positioning decisions aren't obvious. His five hole can be a little leaky if he over pushes on a lateral play. He hasn't really mastered the skill of making a small push, getting his knees down to seal the ice and sliding in a butterfly. Instead he lunges and tries to stick his leg through the half boards on every lateral play.
These are the down sides. He's still a competent overall back up as is, it's just the goals he lets in will frustrate you so badly because they are usually way easier stops technically than some of the shots he makes fantastic saves on.
As for the trades, we're happy. You sound happy. I doubt Los Angeles is unhappy. Win, win, win. I can dig it.
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