Backstrom is the Key
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01-16-2013, 03:16 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
I would think so. Goalies who play the angles, big pads, big chest, take away the net, etc. Goes hand in hand with the defensive system of shot blockers, cutting off passing lanes, etc. Force shots to the outside and get a big goalie who literally blocks the entire net with his angle.
Very rarely do you get a big goalie who can play the angles in butterfly AND is very athletic with a great glove hand. Fleury is one that comes to mind, when he's on. Same with Price.
Harding could be another one if he could stay healthy and get more games in.
But yeah, look at the list and you see a lot of athletic, reaction goalies near the top. Thomas, Brodeur, Nabokov, etc.
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