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04-22-2012, 10:12 AM
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Thanks for your feedback on the article and information about the past. I have to believe that the Canadiens' Organization won't get up too much on the development of their prospects to the Press but it can't hurt to try. I would love to ask Timmins lots of questions.
The angling I am talking about is the closing of the gap to the on-rushing forward but it's also the abilities to pivot fast enough just as the forward gets to about a 45 degree to the outside of the defenseman so that he can't cut back to the middle on the defenseman. Once the defenseman pivots to face the forward he must continue to close in on him pushing him further towards the boards and finish him against the boards with body check or simply squeezing him off the puck. It drives me crazy to see the d-man who pivots with his back to the forward because he has a weak side (Komisarek & Gill) because he now can't see what the forward is doing. A defenseman should NEVER give up the middle of the ice, if he stays in the middle then the forward has only one way to go and it's to the outside so it's just a matter of reading the forwards shooting hand and not letting him get to his strong side. The hip check is a timing surprise play and is very high risk but really beautiful when done properly and looks foolish if missed.
Every player has a plant leg which is their natural and usually the stronger leg, meaning a lefthand shot will turn quicker on his left plant leg and for a righthanded shot it will be the right leg. If you teach kids from an early age to always practicing turning both ways or work constantly with an older player to work his weak side only then there is less of the natural reaction. Ellis was forced to play the left side with weaker defense partners a lot with Cape Breton so he can turn well both ways but his real strength is his abilites the read the forward and not give up the middle of the ice. He also knows to communicate to his goalies that on 2 on 1s that the goalie will take the shooter and Ellis has the passer blocked off.
I hope that help explain what I meant.
Thanks again for your comments.
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