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04-10-2012, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by qmechanic View Post
I'm not great at making good decisions with the puck either, but what helped me is to try to constantly be aware of where everyone is.
To elaborate just a bit more on this, is try to be aware of where everyone is before you get the puck and where you think they're going to be when you do have it. It would also help to learn the generic idea of the positioning for each skater's position like the C, the LW, etc so you at least have an idea of what/where your options are going to be.

Also, to reiterate on what others have already said - develop your skating, puck protection and different stickhandling skills so you can buy time in case no one is open. And never underestimate the power of a curl around or tight turns! Become comfortable along the boards and phonebooth stickhandling where the puck is a lot closer to your feet as opposed to open ice stickhandling where it can be farther out.

Mistakes happen, just keep practicing.

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