All of our other Pro Reads have begun with a single scenario, giving you a chance to imagine how a play might evolve. Of course we know any static view could develop in multiple ways. Still, it is an interesting way of looking at the beginning of a read and thinking about what our pros might have to say before we hear from them.
We might have done that with this next read; however, our Pro today, Toronto’s Frederik Andersen, begins his read well before the shot and identifies the developing play. Consider the three images below.
The play begins with the puck in the corner to Andersen’s right, as often happens starting with a relatively safe situation before the first defensive mistake is made. In the second frame Phil Kessel, who started behind the net in frame 1, has the puck and is skating across the top of the zone. Shots there are not high danger – but Kessel is a talented shooter who has to be respected. Finally, in frame three, Jason Demers has walked down the wall and received the puck from Kessel.
Consider for a moment what you would be preparing for in each of these three frames, just a moment in time for Frederik Andersen to consider as the last line of defence for Toronto.