Talking Goalies with Former NHLer Mike McKenna

Tony Ferrari

2019-11-13

Photo Courtesy of TSN

 

Goalies are Voodoo. Or are they? Scouting goaltenders has always been one of the more difficult tasks in the world of evaluating prospects. It is a position that is furthest from any other in terms of evaluation. The position itself is unique in a game that already requires a unique skill set. While you can easily identify whether a forward or defenseman is a good skater by watching them track up and down the ice a few times, it takes more patience and a keen eye to identify whether a goaltender uses his skating at a high level or not. The movements are smaller, quicker, and often times, away from the puck which is where your eyes naturally follow. 

 

Evaluating and understanding the goaltender position is a difficult task, one that takes experience, practice and deep knowledge of the position. To get a view inside the position, I reached out to former NHL and AHL goaltender Mike McKenna. Currently, a studio analyst for the Vegas Golden Knights, Mike McKenna also hosts of ‘6 Degrees with Mike McKenna’, a podcast where he does wide-ranging and uncensored interviews with a variety of guests from former NHLers including Marty Biron and Ron Tugnutt to IndyCar drivers James Hinchcliffe and Marcus Ericsson. The former professional netminder is slowly building a reputation as one of the best analysts in hockey as well as an excellent personality around the game. Mike was kind enough to give me a bit of his time, answering some of the questions that I have had or that have been asked of me.