One particular oddity created by the NHL conclusion not to allow its gamers go to the 2018 Olympics is that European supporters are more acquainted with the American goaltending trio than U.S. supporters.
With David Leggio (German League) and Brandon Maxwell (Czech League) announced as the final two goalies Thursday, it usually means none of the American goalies have performed in the U.S. since the 2014-15 year. The initially goalie named — Ryan Zapolski, 31 — is a Kontinental Hockey League standout. The KHL is Europe’s ideal pro league.
“(Participating in) at a dependable amount the last 5 many years in Europe, (Zapolski) has been a major goaltender,” U.S. standard manager Jim Johannson stated. “He’s generally performed on teams that have had success, but at occasions they’ve essential to rely on a goaltender to carry them as a result of some game titles and he’s able of undertaking that.”
The People delayed naming their final goalies because they wished more time to appraise 5 goalies, including the U.S. goalies playing at the Planet Junior Championships. They settled on Leggio and Maxwell because of their expertise and skill established. The two gamers have been on the American roster at the Deutschland Cup two months back.
“Both are quite skilled in Europe and understand the activity about there,” Johannson stated.
One particular entice for Maxwell, 26, is his means to shift the puck to his defensemen. “He’s an elite puck-dealing with goaltender,” Johannson stated. “That’s something that certainly factored into our discussion … that likely gives you a further weapon on your breakout.”
Johannson stated Leggio, 33, is identified as a dependable performer and an fantastic teammate.
“He’s approved what ever function he’s been in, but any time he’s gotten an opportunity to participate in he has kept his workforce in game titles,” Johannson stated.
None of the U.S. goalies have performed in the NHL. Zapolski performed in the ECHL right before leaping to the Finnish league and now the KHL. Leggio performed in the American League right before signing up for EHC Munich in Germany. Maxwell has been playing in Europe since 2013-14.
Boasting a 1.63 plans-against common for Jokerit (Finland) in the KHL, Zapolski assignments to be the No. 1 goalie. But the People have back-to-back game titles against Slovakia and Russia in the preliminary round, and could experience other back-to-back circumstances. Also, in shorter tournaments, goalie switches are not unusual.
“All (of our goalies) have had real good many years,” U.S. mentor Tony Granato stated. “… We are thrilled about the depth.”