There has been a debate for years in hockey about the relative effectiveness of larger goaltenders. Many believe the bigger you are, the better you can defend your net, especially because of the butterfly style many goalies choose to play. However, many also believe that smaller goalies are just as effective at stopping pucks – and in some cases more effective.
There has been a recent trend of teenage hockey goaltenders wanting to be bigger. When you look at hockey, the more videos and highlights you watch, the more goalies seem to grow in size. Today, it’s not uncommon to see 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-4, 165 pound + teenagers playing ice hockey. However, if we start looking at the best goalies in the history of the hockey, often they don’t have what today‘s amateur/junior and professional players do: mass and stature.
Looking at NHL goaltending today, it has never been in a better place: smaller, more mobile, and poised goalies are thriving. Case in point: Juuse Saros from the Nashville Predators. Saros recently racked up a franchise-record 64 saves in a 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. He also represented his team at the NHL All-Star weekend. At 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, he is considered small by today’s standards.
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