Ondrej Pavelec doesn’t think there's anything really different about his game this year other than feeling a bit more confident because of the way his Atlanta Thrashers teammates are playing in front of him.
“I don’t think you change your technique when you’re 23,”he said.
Maybe not, but according to Thrashers television broadcaster and former NHL goaltender Daren Eliot, there are significant changes in Pavelec this season.
“Technically he started to improve in his butterfly,” Eliot said. “He was a guy who would put the paddle down and make himself small with the shoulders more parallel to the ice. He doesn’t do that now maybe only on dekes, so he’s made himself bigger.”
Eliot said Pavelec has always shown good ‘battle,’ but has been more patient in his crease this season and become more explosive in his side-to-side movements as a result. Pavelec’s second move used to be a reach, the former Kings, Red Wings and Sabres netminder said, but now he’s pushing to that spot with more control.
The upshot as that Pavelec is picking up pucks through traffic as effectively as anyone in the league, Eliot said.
“He sees a lot of shots because it’s a better group dynamic, a better structure,” Eliot said. “A lot of saves he makes are within group construct which has never been taught around here.
“The defense will be there the back-checking is going to be there, so he can absolutely take his position to that outside steep shot, and he does it convincingly.”
The view from above
Posted on: January 6, 2011 2:02 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 2:04 pm