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09-04-2009, 01:46 AM
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Can someone who isn't a sniper become one? Do NHL players work on their shots over the summer, or do they focus on conditioning or skating?
I am sure they work on any part of their game that they feel can be improved. How much they can improve depends on the individual. Years ago Tony Tanti said he started shooting 500 pucks a day the summer before he scored 81 goals in the OHA. That might be common nowadays so not tht easy to further improve.
Being a guy that shoots the lights out doesn't mean you will be a great goal scorer. One of the traits of most really good goal scorers is that they get in position to take a lot of shots. Talented players who's coaches say they need to shoot more, like Hemsky or Tanguay, were never able to add that second part to their scoring game.
Stalberg may not be a sniper but neither was Alfredsson until he was 28. It will be interesting to compare his success to Stefanovich who has a great shooting percentage, but doesn't take that many shots.
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