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01-31-2011, 07:58 AM
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berto14
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It actually all depends on what kind of system you're playing and what the expectation is of each player. Typically speaking, the defenseman is your man, and you should not give into the temptation of leaving your own assignment to cover someone else's. By doing so, you turn a bad situation into a worse one, as TWO players are now out of position instead of one which can lead to a snowball effect as other players scramble to cover other people's assignments. In general, stick to your man and let the centerman know that he's missed his assignment.

Having said that, I coach a AA Midget team and we teach a system where the center is taught to help the defense out in the corners (we have trouble getting the puck out of our own end) and the forward covering the point slides down in front of the net to pick up the open man.

Really, the key is ensuring that everyone's on the same page. You can't have one man playing one system and the other 4 playing another.

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