23 Intently Staring Goalies
by lsefton on 07/09/12 at 02:19 PM ET
Who knows? Maybe in five years we’ll have a new sports question—“Name the father/son NHL goaltending duo with the most wins”
Or we’ll get to hear Doc Emrick announce “Brodeur vs Roy in the nets tonight”.
It’s only been a few weeks since the NHL draft, but there’s always time to take a look at next year’s prospects, and one of them may be Anthony Brodeur.
From Luke Fox at Sportsnet:
Anthony Brodeur is a little older, and by all accounts covers more of the net, than he appears in the photo above, snapped 12 NHL off-seasons ago, following the second of father Martin Brodeur‘s three Stanley Cup victories.
But one thing hasn’t changed from this photograph: Anthony is still wearing a mask and playing with the wide stick.
Set to enter his senior year at Minnesota’s Shattuck-St. Mary’s, the younger Brodeur goaltender is ranked as a mid-round pick for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, to be held next spring in a venue Dad knows well—the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
“He’s got a chance to be a good player… he’s another kid enjoying the anonymity of our school,” Shattuck coach Tom Ward told NHL.com last week. “If you didn’t know who he was, you’d probably say he reminds you of a mini-Marty… a hybrid-style goalie who will make the kick save. He’ll Johnny Bower you, go down in the V, and play like his dad.
“He has that one-in-a-million kind of thing and he’s a fine goalie. He was offered a chance to play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League but said, ‘No thanks.’ He wants to be a college hockey player. He has a good head on his shoulders, is composed and doesn’t let the moment get to him.”
The 17-year-old will enter the fall as a C-list prospect, according to NHL Central Scouting’s Futures List, which projects him to be selected somewhere in Rounds 4 through 6. Of course, his ranking could escalate or drop depending on his performance in 2012-13.
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About 23 Intently Staring Goalies
23 Intently Staring Goalies comes from the 23 close-up photos of goalies that used to line the walls of my office.
On the good side, it kept down interruptions, but it also made sure I had to leave my trash outside my door if I wanted it picked up.
I've been watching and analyzing goaltenders for going on 40 years. Some of that was spent drawing goalies on my grade 8 math homework. Then it was taking my card decks and printouts to Indianapolis Racer games. Luckily, the Internet took off, and by 1991 I was half of the duo that would ultimately become the Plaidworks hockey mailing lists. I wrote "Handicapping the Goalies' for the San Jose Sharks mailing list, and took a lot of photos of goalies in action. I have around 5000 slides of mostly goaltenders in action from 1989 through 2001 from the WHL, IHL and NHL. Since I've gone digital, I've added about 10,000 more images to the library. During summers and when the league went dark, I was reading through multiple SF By area news papers, tracking ice hockey from the 1917 recreational leagues up through the California Seals.
We'll be talking about goalies and goaltending. We'll talk about whats going on now, who's in the system, and when the doldrums hit, I'll haul something out of the big bag of history, or something from the photo archives. We'll talk about who's hot and why, and who's not and what they can do to get back on track. We'll take a look at the trends in scouting goalies, and why a style may work for one team but not another. I'll battle with my dictation software to get it to understand Bryzgalov and Bobrovsky.
It should be interesting--hope you want to come along for the ride!