There are a bevy of skills in the sport of hockey where some make it their art. Alex Ovechkin scoring unstoppable goals from the same spot on the ice for his entire career; Connor McDavid’s acceleration; Auston Matthew’s quick release. But for our Minnesota Wild bruiser Ryan Reaves, it’s all about the art of hitting.
“I kind of hit like a football player,” Reaves said. “I don’t always turn sideways, which sometimes when you turn sideways you catch head. A lot of times I go straight on and I kind of push with my hands, so it’s a lot of chest. That was one of those.” — The Athletic
Yeah, Reaves does tend to just bulldoze his way through a lot of opponents and not really pick certain spots. It’s just an overall demolition.
- If you want to read more about the Reaves hit and have other people talk about it, Michael Russo wrote it up. [The Athletic]
- Over at The Athletic, they put our their massive trade board (that lasts way too long) to keep up-to-date on the rumors. Well, they put two Wild defensemen in their first draft. Spoilers for those that don’t want to pay them: It’s Matt Dumba and Alex Goligoski. [The Athletic]