For a player of Koskenvuo’s stature, he moves well both laterally and out beyond the top of his crease. Koskenvuo challenges shooters as they drive to the net from various angles and his puck tracking is very good as he was able to follow the play through crowds and below the goal line. Engaging in…
|Jun 2/21||Koskenvuo Aku||22178 – Finland vs. Sweden||WJC-18||by Shaun Richardson||View Report|
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For a player of Koskenvuo’s stature, he moves well both laterally and out beyond the top of his crease. Koskenvuo challenges shooters as they drive to the net from various angles and his puck tracking is very good as he was able to follow the play through crowds and below the goal line. Engaging in reactionary saves and taking advantage of his athletic abilities is when Koskenvuo is at his best. He was quick with his pads, able to get up and down well and had a decent blocker. His huge size is easily the first thing that you notice, but he’s not just some heavy lump between the pipes, as he is fairly athletic and doesn’t have any extra, unnecessary weight to move around. He moves his limbs surprisingly quickly for such a big goalie, kicking out his legs faster than shooters expect. He’s confident and accurate with his glove hand. He’s smooth and efficient dropping into his butterfly and getting back up, as well as going post to post, getting into position quickly and without expending too much energy or having to scramble. He does a really good job covering the bottom of the ice. He tracks the play quite well and competes hard to see through traffic. His rebound control is hit or miss. Sometimes he expertly jumps on tricky shots, other times they bounce out into bad spots. His biggest weakness right now is his positioning, as he can get caught giving up too much net to shooters. Koskenvuo tends to hold his glove away from his body toward the side which creates holes above and below his arm. In his puck positioning, Koskenvuo tends to cheat toward the glove side in pre-shot preparation. This gives shooters more to see and makes him vulnerable on the blocker side. His puck positioning flaw is possibly related to the poor glove placement which leads Koskenvuo to overcompensate to protect against being beaten close to the body on the glove side. Some development focus on glove placement and projecting it forward rather than to the side would tighten up any openings under the arm and any improvements to the glove side would allow Koskenvuo to address puck positioning concerns and negate some of his associated blocker side issues.