-- At 6-foot-6, goalie Anders Lindback
holds the distinct honor of being the tallest player ever drafted by the Nashville Predators
But don't think for a second the 22-year-old doesn't exhibit the little things necessary to becoming an effective thorn in the side of opposing shooters.
"I always talk about two different kinds of goalies," Predators goalie coach Mitch Korn told NHL.com. "Years ago, the small goalies were quick and agile and the big goalies were, in general, slower and more awkward. But what we're seeing now in goalies like Anders and Pekka (Rinne, who's 6-foot-5) is that the bigger goalies are just as agile as the small guys were and are. That's why we're seeing more big guys in goal today. It's still about skill, but Anders' got little-guy's skill with a big body. When you put those two together, it's pretty special."
Indeed, the left-handed Lindback, a seventh-round gem from the 2008 Entry Draft, has certainly taken the League by storm. It's tough to even tell that the native of Gavle, Sweden, is in his first North American season following two seasons as a starter in the Swedish Elite League.