Ottawa Senators fans, and to a lesser extent those who cheer for the Boston Bruins, may remember a crafty winger named Kaspars Daugavins. His time in North America wasn’t incredibly successful. Over seven seasons, Daugavins played 91 games in the NHL, scored six goals and 15 points and played more than 200 games in the AHL.
But Daugavins became known — or at least became an internet sensation — thanks to his ability to dazzle in the shootout. A staple of Daugavins’ arsenal in the skills competition was spearing the puck and spinning to put it home. He first pulled the move off successfully in the AHL, and tried it against Tuukka Raskon a call-up to the Senators to no avail.
This wasn’t a shootout goal, but Daugavins showed his incredible puck-handling skills in the KHL this week. In a contest against Slovan Bratislava, Daugavins shook goaltender Michael Garnett with a leg-kick-to-backhand-forehand move that left Garnett swimming in the crease:
Look at Garnett after that goes in. He certainly doesn’t seem pleased with letting the goal in, and his body language is hilarious. It’s almost like he’s sitting there saying, “Well, at least I tried.”
Through 22 games this season, Daugavins has six goals and 15 points. Last season, his first in the KHL since 2012-13, Daugavins notched 22 goals and 37 points in 56 outings while averaging little more than 16 minutes of ice time per game.