Calling anything the goal of the year or best deke of the season would be premature given the campaign is still months away from beginning, but New Jersey Devils prospect Joey Dudek will at the very least be a contender when ranking the most brilliant shootout moves of 2016-17.
Dudek, 20, was participating at Devils development camp in what appears to be a shootout drill when he pulled an absolutely awesome move. Or, should we say set of moves.
In what looked like he was trying to fit every deke possible into his shootout opportunity, Dudek went forehand-backhand, dipped his shoulder to fake back forehand, did a Pavel Datsyuk-style toe drag and slammed the puck home while falling to the ice. Check it out:
It takes a few watches to really see everything Dudek does, but that’s one heck of a move to show off at development camp, and it’s sure to at least turn a few heads. Here’s the thing about Dudek scoring such a brilliant goal, though: he’s quite possibly the player who was least expected to score in such a fashion.
Dudek, a sixth-round, 152nd-overall pick of the Devils in 2014, isn’t exactly what one would call an offensive dynamo. Ahead of his draft year, he scored 10 goals in 54 games split between the Chicago Steel and Dubuque Fighting Saints. That doesn’t exactly match the hands you just saw, nor does the fact that Dudek only scored one goal in 34 games this past season with Boston College.
Maybe Dudek is finding his scoring touch, though, and this dazzling deke is a sign of things to come. That’d be good news for Dudek in his hunt to make the Devils. And if nothing else, he’s earned himself a spot on highlight reels everywhere with his development camp beauty.
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