August 27, 2011
Do goalies have access to the Internet? Or know how to properly stream video?
We only ask because Minnesota Wild prospect (9th overall, 2010 NHL Draft) Mikael Granlund has used this deke move once or twice before to great effect and renown, and yet here's another goalkeeper faked out of his pads in the shootout by it:
Granlund's goal came for HIFK Helsinki in its 3-2 shootout win over Slavia Prague on Saturday as part of the European Trophy tournament. While this move in the shootout doesn't rank alongside his lacrosse goal against the Russians at Worlds — and thus, will not inspire a postage stamp — it's still brings the sickness. Even if, you know, he seems to pull it off on every shootout attempt.
Hey, better to have one good move than a dozen bad ones.
We can't go as far as to call it his "signature move" because … well, because it's Peter Forsberg's signature move. And he was inspired by Kent Nilsson, for whom it was a signature move as well.
Which brings us to the heart of the matter: Is Granlund trying to spark some kind of border war by co-opting Swedish trick-shot mastery? And can we really blame him when it's fellow Finn Jussi Jokinen(notes) that co-opted it first?
s/t to reader Simon Akkanen for the clip.