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05-29-2012, 12:34 AM
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TJD
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Good shutdown dman?

Work not only on your backward skating, but on your cross-unders as well. You need to be able to go at full speed backwards and still use agility to move side to side. Look up "Mohawk pivots" on youtube to learn how to keep your speed while transitioning. IMO, skating is the most important skill for a "shutdown Dman" (or any position, but especially defense). If you have a terrible sense of balance or can't keep up with the forward, you are looking at some odd man rushes or key scoring opportunities. Good knee bend and strides will help you keep up.

All these other tips that have been posted are good, another one that I may have skipped over while looking to post this is use proper angles. Force guys towards the boards and take away the middle of the ice. Take away their "time and space" and keep your gap small.

Most points come back to skating, and if you don' have good mechanics, then you become a pylon.

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