For young goaltenders, the proper footwork is imperative to reach success at any level. Although staying square to the shooter is one of the most important points to work on in practice, getting a goalie’s feet moving and working on speed in the crease is just as vital. New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid took to the ice with Bryce Salvador and Ken Daneyko of MSG recently to relay this information and show some simple drills to improve speed.
The Devils’ netminder not only shows you how the proper footwork in practice and warmups can be a benefit to your game, but also how keeping your chest square and your body pointed forward can be the difference between a save and a goal.
Kinkaid stresses the importance to possess the ability to move side-to-side while always being square to the shooter. As Salvador and Daneyko state, in today’s game, defensemen can’t slash and hack like they used to, so goaltenders may have to be more aware of where forwards are when moving side-to-side.
Keith Kinkaid has been a part of the Devils’ organization since the 2011-12 season, when he began with the Albany River Rats of the AHL. The undrafted netminder played in his first NHL game on March 5, 2012, against the Tampa Bay Lightning, allowing just one goal on 13 shots. He has backed up New Jersey starters with regularity since the 2014-15 NHL season.
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