Hlavaj moves well in the net and his lateral movements are fluid, not always needing to complete his full motion slide before getting back up again, which shows he has full control of his body. He battles through traffic and screens to follow the puck closely and isn’t afraid to use his stick to cut…
|Apr 5/21||Hlavaj Samuel||21897 – Baie-Comeau vs. Sherbrooke||QMJHL||by Shaun Richardson||View Report|
|Jan 1/21||Hlavaj Samuel||21507 – Finland vs. Slovakia||WJC-20||by Olivia McArter||View Report|
|Oct 6/20||Hlavaj Samuel||D3337 – 2020 NHL Draft Guide||by FCHockey Staff||View Summary|
|Jul 14/20||Hlavaj Samuel||20558 – Sherbrooke vs. Victoriaville||QMJHL||by FCHockey Staff||View Report|
|Jul 14/20||Hlavaj Samuel||20557 – Sherbrooke vs. Val-D’or||QMJHL||by FCHockey Staff||View Report|
Hlavaj moves well in the net and his lateral movements are fluid, not always needing to complete his full motion slide before getting back up again, which shows he has full control of his body. He battles through traffic and screens to follow the puck closely and isn’t afraid to use his stick to cut passes or to poke check forwards. He is strong on his post and displays solid vertical coverage when the puck is in proximity with the net. He displays acute awareness and reads in his crease. It reflects in the way he spots quickly any potential threats around the crease and warns his defensemen and having the presence of mind of catching a puck before it lands on the ice. Overall, the tools are certainly there, he just needs to put it together and works on his mental toughness to recover from bad goals or slow periods in the game. When he loses focus, that’s when his game starts to fall apart and cracks in his mental game start to appear. Sometimes he gets caught making mistakes he shouldn’t, for example, venturing too far out of his net and getting caught or losing track of his positioning, allowing a goal. It not so much the mistakes that happen, but his ability to bounce back that is most concerning. He tends to hesitate when he is doubting himself and needs to work on his confidence. When he isn’t afraid to challenge shooters, he is at his best.