Why Matthews’ shot creates a new data “chunk” that goalies struggle with

Last year in the run-up to the 2018-19 season, there was plenty of talk in Leafs Land about Auston Matthews and his work in the offseason. Most of it focused on his effort to completely re-work his shot release, where plenty of the hockey world understandably asked: “Why mess with a good thing?”
Like we found out at the time, Matthews – and he isn’t alone – was and presumably still is willing to revamp whatever he needs to in order to gain even the slightest advantage in a league where space can become non-existent and each tiny tweak matters. If we look back, some valuable quotes from Matthews’ skill coach Darryl Belfry give us a more specific idea of where he was trying to make changes or improvements, but perhaps that only tells us half the story (the shooter’s half):
He’s never centered. He’s on one foot or the other all the time. When you do that, it allows you to move inside the shot motion. Most people when they shoot, they have to stop their feet. When they stop their feet, that creates a limitation on how much they can change the angle, how deceptive they …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

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