Sunday, December 14, 2014

Minnesota Wild Prospect Scores Between-the-Legs Beauty in Swiss League

Minnesota Wild prospect (6th round, 158 overall in 2012 draft) Christoph Bertschy did his best Tomas Hertl impersonation over the weekend, pulling off a 'tweener with two defenders in hot pursuit to put the finishing touches on SC Bern's 5-1 win over the Kloten Flyers of the Swiss National League.

Say what you will about the fact that Bertschy, who has 11 goals in 31 games this season for the club, showboats on the play in the manner that would make him many goony enemies in the NHL, but there's no denying that the 20-year-old showed a world-class burst on the play, and at the speed with which he makes the play it actually appears that the between-the-legs shot may have actually been the best way to score. Hockey purists tend to scoff at this move--they certainly did when Hertl pulled his dazzling, crowd-pleaser in a home blowout against the Rangers early last season, but what nobody seems to take into account is that if you can actually execute the shot it's a pretty good way to keep the goalie guessing.

Take another look at this beauty below:

And if you're in the mood for reminiscing, or comparing, see Hertl's gem from 2013 below:

Whose was better, Hertl or Bertschy's?

(H/T: The Hockey News)