Jhonas Enroth: The Wisdom of Vision
At just 5-foot-10 and 166 pounds, Stockholm native Jhonas Enroth is the National Hockey League’s smallest goaltender. But don’t let the tiny frame fool you; his advanced ocular senses allow him to thrive and survive against the world’s finest shooters.
With a remarkable 13-0-1 record in 2011, including a perfect 6-0-0 start to his rookie campaign, Enroth proves that no matter what situation he’s thrown into, whatever he lacks in size, he compensates with his eyes. But what exactly about Enroth’s vision makes him so special?
Simply put, Enroth tracks the puck with an innate and detailed precision. This allows him to anticipate plays, arrive at angles early, and square up to pucks before they can sneak past him.
In the goalie glossary, this term is called situational awareness. It refers to a goalie’s ability to read plays with a clear understanding of how they develop, and how to place the body in the best position to effectively eliminate as much net space as possible. [Click above to read the whole article]