There’s a school of thought that believes the NHL could increase scoring (and according to some, interest in the game) by reducing the size of goalie pads. That protection for netminders has gotten bigger, which has helped contribute to a downturn in scoring.
Those advocating for smaller pads got their wish this offseason when the league announced a reduction in size of equipment. However, the 10 percent change — especially when compared to what is now the “old” size — isn’t as drastic as you might think.
Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson took to Twitter recently to showcase the differences. He posted a photo of one of his old leg pads next to one of his new ones, and again, it’s not a huge difference, but it’s something at least.
Check out the photo below.
2012 vs 2013 - just some slight changes (per league rules). http://t.co/VH1ahmegdW—
Craig Anderson (@CraigAnderson41) August 22, 2013