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Hi everybody, as always I hope your doing well wherever you may be! Here is an article on why Pekka Rinne is the total package goaltender.

So down below is a visual diagram of why Pekka Rinne is the total package goalie for those of you who are more “visual learners”.

Here is a picture for those of you who are more “visual learners”

So lets start with the most obvious part of Pekka, his size.  As anybody who knows how the modern day of goaltending could tell you, size is one of the biggest things goalie coaches and evaluators everywhere are looking for now a days. Myself, I’m 6’4 and 16 years old right now so I think I know what I’m talking about when I say having size is so helpful and such a gift in between the pipes and Pekka Rinne uses every inch of his 6’5 frame to his advantage, whether its in his amazing athleticism or a technically sound save. Do note that having size does not mean having equipment 10 sizes too big!

Now is one of the things that every goalie needs to be a goalie in this era. Now you might not be able to tell from looking at Pekka because he is not the type of goalie that you’ll find doing the splits all day long like Jonathan Quick or Miikka Kiprusoff but Pekka really does have incredible flexibility and when he combines it with his athleticism and 6’5 frame he is nearly unbeatable. For example 2 years ago in the 2011 playoffs against Vancouver, all you saw was Pekka using his size, using his athleticism and getting his body get into the weirdest of positions. I mean I swear one time I saw him pretzel himself and he was still able to make the save and was able to cover up the rebound.

Next is how Pekka is so incredible to see how he uses his long legs to his advantage. Now clearly when your 6’5 your going to have incredibly long legs but you have to use them well because when used well, you can cover up the whole bottom of the net without any problems and theres half of your problems taken care of right off the bat, but when used not so well, you have uncoordinated legs that are just there to block as much net as possible and do no reacting once well at all but thats not the case with Pekka. Now we have all seen how Pekka uses his legs, hes stretching them all over his crease to try and get them to where they need to be but he also knows when to use them to block and when to be athletic and it is really incredible to watch. For those of you who are wondering what size of pads that Rinne where’s, believe it or not, even though he is 6’5 he is only using a 38” pair of pads.

Now finally is Pekka’s incredible stick usage. Another one of Pekka’s great abilities are his great stick usage. Now he may not use his stick all day long in paddle down play like Mike Smith or Jonathan Quick but Pekka is using his long reach and even longer paddle to poke check on a regular bases and its extremely affective along with using his stick to control rebounds by putting them in the safe spots like in the corners or deflecting the puck over the boards for a stoppage in play. I there was a play in the 2010-11 season where Pekka lost his stick in Edmonton and Shawn Horcoff had Rinne’s five hole wide open but he hit Pekka’s stick and the puck sailed wide. Search it on youtube if you haven’t seen it yet.

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Henrik Lundqvist

39-18-5, 8 shutouts, 1.97GAA, .930SP

  • 3rd in shutouts
  • 3rd in goals-against average
  • 3rd in save percentage
  • 3rd in wins

Jonathan Quick

35-21-13 , 11 shutouts, 1.95GAA, .929SP

  • 1st in shutouts
  • 1st in goals-against average
  • 3rd in save percentage
  • Tied for 5th in wins

Pekka Rinne

43-18-0, 5 shutouts, 2.39GAA, .923SP

  • Tied for 10th in shutouts
  • 10th in goals-against average
  • 5th in save percentage
  • 1st in wins
  • Tied for 1st in appearances

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Nashville Predators netminder Pekka Rinne and Los Angeles Kings puck stopper Jonathan Quick were announced Wednesday as finalists for the Vezina Trophy.

Lundqvist is back as a finalist after being among the final three from 2006 to 2008. The Swedish native helped back stop Rangers  to first in the east this year, finishing in the top 5 in every meaningful statistical category.

Quick was the biggest reason by far that the Kings were able to squeak into the playoffs, with an NHL-best 11 shutouts. He lost six separate games by a 1-0 score, as his teammates were a lowly 29th of 30 teams in goal production this season. In my opinion, Quick wins it this year.

Rinne is a finalist for a second consecutive season. In addition to being up for the award last season he finished fourth in Hart Trophy voting as league most valuable player. This season, the six-foot-five Finn faced more rubber than any other goaltender but still managed to finish fifth in save percentage. (more…)

Jeremy Smith

Posted: March 2, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Nashville Predators

Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images North America

The Good:  Jeremy Smith, as a small  hybrid goalie,  stays on his feet a little bit longer because he needs to and then relies on quickness and getting his pads down. Smith has done a good job with what Preds goalie coach Mitch Korn has asked him to improve on, and that’s quickness and urgency. And he has to sustain that if he plans on being successful at the high levels. He has proven capable of succeeding at lower levels, including the AHL, where he took over as the starting goaltender in Milwaukee, beating out Chet Pickard. He displays sound fundamentals for the goaltending position. (more…)

Nashville Predators Depth Chart

Posted: February 26, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Depth Charts, Nashville Predators

  1.  Pekka Rinne
  2. Anders Lindback
  3. Jeremy Smith
  4. Atte Engren
  5. Chet Pickard
  6. Magnus Hellberg

Anders Lindbäck

Posted: January 15, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Nashville Predators
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

The Good: Lindback plays very similar to Pekka Rinne. He uses a hybrid style, he’s big (6’6) and he is very quick  for a big guy. He uses his size effectively to give shooters very little to work with. He stays on his feet, but maybe not that long. He spends a lot of time on his knees, but I wouldn’t call him a pure butterfly guy. He’s got mammoth size, so on pucks that someone else would have to shrug their shoulder for example to stop, it will just hit him. Nashville has a ton of confidence in their goalies, as Lindback is able to accumulate wins while Rinne farts on the bench. Lindback can bring back some solid players back in return, as Lindback has a ton of upside and should be a starting goaltender on many other teams, but behind Rinne this won’t happen.  Good stickhandiling. Very good mobility and reflexes. (more…)

Pekka Rinne

Posted: January 15, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Nashville Predators

 The Good: Rinne is a big goalie that covers the net well, thanks to uncanny flexibility and lightning-fast reflexes. He also uses his athletic ability to make tough saves after he gets out of position. He never quits on a play, and can be spectacular when he has to be, which is often due to the Predators weak offense. He always works hard at constantly improving his game.  Predator fans can’t count the number of times he bailed them out during the regular season, taking over a game in the third period, or making the big save when it counted. Rinne was a Vezina Canadiate last season, and could easily be one this year. It took a while, but Rinne is one of the best goaltenders in the NHL. Preds goalie coach has worked with some very strong goalies, such as Chris Mason, Tomas Vokoun, Dan Ellis and Anders Lindback, so Rinne is in good hands. 40+ wins for Rinne sounds achievable. (more…)