"His work habits and preparation are second to none" Ian Clark on Bobrovsky
The Russian netminder's 2.06 goals-against average and .930 save percentage are a primary reason why the Blue Jackets are contending to make the playoffs for the second time in franchise history. "He has a belief in how he plays, and he believes it's going to work for him," Blue Jackets goaltending coach Ian Clark says. "That creates a calmness, and that reaches out to the team in front of him and creates a team calmness." Bobrovsky was a backup on the Philadelphia Flyers last season, and the Blue Jackets gave up a second-round pick and two fourths because they liked his work ethic and thought he was going to improve. He had a .909 save percentage in two seasons in Philadelphia. "His work habits and preparation are second to none," Clark said. Clark told USA TODAY Sports there were three areas of improvement in Bobrovsky's game. this season. -He makes himself bigger when he's in the down position in traffic. "Historically, he would kind of shrink," Clark said. "Goalies do that by sitting back in their butterfly instead of having higher thighs. That (causes) the shrinking effect, because it reduces the size of the body position. Previously, he would also tend to shrink back into his net by fading into the net. Now he's doing a better job of holding his ground up on top of the paint and then elevating his thighs and chest. He has a bigger presence in the congested moments of the game." -He manages offensive rushes more effectively. "Most goalies take a little bit of additional depth when there is a rush coming at them because it helps them manage the speed of the attack," Clark said. "Sergei used to come out very aggressively, and when a goalie comes out a long way they have to give that depth back. What happens is that they are backtracking toward their net, trying to stay square and stay on their angle and something usually gives and destabilizes their position. He has cut that additional depth back and tried to be more stable." -He has changed the way he positions himself in relation to the posts. "It's completely different," Clark said. For the full article that was written by Kevin Allen of USA Today Click Here.