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03-07-2009, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by noobman View Post
Russians pioneered playing on the "off-wing". It gives you a much better shooting angle, but to do it you need to be able to send/receive passes on your backhand. I use a very flat blade so I can play either wing, but if you're going to be using a Kovalchuk/Thornton blade it's something you'll have to work on.

I've seen some "power forward" type players play the off-wing, but they'd often wind up skating backwards in the offensive zone so that they could use their forehand to receive/send passes.
Thanks. I wondered where Rocket Richard got the idea from.

Seriously, your points are good. I can think of very few examples of Canadian left wingers from the past that shot right. The fact that 75% of players shoot left, mostly right handed people that prefer the dominant hand at the top of the stick, necessitated that some RW playing their off wing, even with virtually all left wingers shooting left.

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