Sergei Shumakov hasn’t won the hearts of NHL scouts just yet, but with hands like these the 22-year-old won’t be flying below the radar much longer.
Shumakov, an undrafted forward currently playing with Novsibirsk Sibir of the KHL, scored an absolute beauty of a shootout goal in camp last week. In an amazing display of hand-eye coordination, he entered the zone with speed, flipped the puck into the air lacrosse-faceoff style, caught it on the back of his blade and then batted it down through the goalie’s five-hole. It’s the sort of play you’ll have to watch a couple of times to fully appreciate.
This isn’t the first time that Shumakov has made waves with his mitts. Check out this between-the-legs move that ended with a wrister tucked just under the crossbar. The kid just might have a future in this game.