At the age of 25, Kevin Lankinen is a rookie in the National Hockey League (NHL). However, when he appears to be a true scholar in his career, one should not believe that he has not gained experience since the beginning of his professional career.
As part of the Chicago Blackhawks list in Edmonton for the playoffs last summer, the goalie did not appear in a single game. However, he watched all the games, without exception.
So for 18 days – until he took out his Blackhawks – he would go to Rogers Place every day to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to see the best in his career at work.
“Not only the game, not only my team, but [j’ai regardé] All teams – on TV and in the arena. These are very big learning lessons for me, “Lankinen told the Chicago Sun-Times on Monday.
“I wanted to see, [pour] Some marbles, how they play each night, how they warm up and what their habits are. On TV, you always see what happens when the game is on your side; You will see the guys following the puck. I also wanted to see what happens when there is no puck. How do they follow the game and what do they read? What is their behavior when the puck is not on their side? “
After these hours of scrutiny and analysis, Finn made the conclusions that he had taken advantage of the first opportunity in the NHL’s environment. Damaged by the pace of the game he retained some items that came from some different goalkeepers, he is now trying to integrate into his own game.
“There is always something to learn from every goalie, but you don’t want to be this person or that person. “You want to get the best out of everyone and be consistent with what works best for you.”
In its place
Just three games after the Blackhawks became the No. 1 goaltender on the Betman Tour, this tough process paid off for the now-appearing Linkinen.
He really won two of his three meetings, but the company’s other masked men, Malcolm Subban and Collin Delia, have not tasted success this season. Also, if we believe the words of head coach Jeremy Collitan, it seems that Lankinen has allowed himself to experience his first minutes of play in the NHL.
“He has a quiet confidence in himself that you’d love to see in the goalie,” Collitan said. He’s in control, but he’s also athletic. ”
“Every time he goes to a level he adjusts a little to make himself comfortable. But he feels like he’s out of place, and sometimes it’s half the battle for young marbles.
The Black Hawks return to action on Tuesday night with a visit to the Nashville Predators.