Look at the picture above these words – how’s that for a lesson in shooting the puck? Dude is bombing a slapshot and has his head completely up, picking his spot. I’ve written about Andrew MacDonald’s ability to do that before here. It’s so tough to do, but so valuable if you can.
Andrew MacDonald’s team, the New York Islanders, opened the season on October 8th against the Florida Panthers. That night, defenseman Jason Garrison (pictured) unloaded a slapper past Al Montoya, and got his season off to a running start.
I remember thinking he made a smart play by not shooting it the first time Campbell swings it to him (there’s a guy in his shooting lane), then thinking “Geez. He really got all of that slapper.”
Well don’t look now, but 14 games into the season, he’s 2nd in the NHL in goals by a defenseman with five (behind Nick Lidstrom, of all people, who has six), and look at these bombs – homie has an absolute cannon.
The one on Miller where he’s skating into it is rifled high and just inside the post (perhaps he had his head up?). I don’t think we’ve seen the last of highlights like these this year: