Converting to wing... need some tips :)
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02-18-2009, 11:31 PM
Join Date: Nov 2007
Get used to playing without the puck. Centres get to handle the puck a lot more than wingers do. As a winger you'll be more concerned with board battles, and looking for passing/shooting options. It ultimately depends on what kind of offensive system your team is running. I play LW and we usually have one guy in front of the net, one guy on the strong side boards, and one guy behind the net. If the puck is on the right side the RW will go for the puck while the LW sets up in front and the C plays below the goal line. On the left side it's the flip, with the RW in front of the net and the C playing below the goal line. Figure out your team's system and determine where you need to be.
You'll also have to adjust to playing wing in the D zone... you may instinctively want to skate into the high slot, but always remember that your job is to cover the points.
Breakouts will be different for you as well. You'll have to try to read your other winger and decide whether you want to be the guy streaking up the ice for the stretch pass, or the guy hanging back a little bit as an alternate option.
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