Becoming a good goal scorer?
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07-09-2012, 10:03 PM
Join Date: Nov 2007
Working on your shot is the obvious one. Challenge yourself to take 500 shots per day every day in your basement, garage, or whatever for the rest of the summer. Backhanders, wristers, snapshots, slapshots, etc.
Being a better skater is going to make you a better goal scorer as well. Being able to make a quick turn to change the angle on your shot or being able to accelerate quickly from a glide to catch the goalie out too high can open up a lot of opportunities. Being able to take an off-balance shot is also a *tremendous* skill that will set you apart from most beer leaguers. It means you'll be able to take a shot while still changing momentum from a stop, in a transitional move, or even while getting knocked over.
Some of the best shooters can "hide" their shot well too, meaning that they can get a quick release off in full stride that a goalie just can't read. A lot of that comes from being able to load the stick primarily with your upper body. It's one of the reasons why guys like Kessel and Ovechkin use 65 flex sticks.
You should also work on being able to lift the puck in tight and doing the reach-around in-tight to slip the puck past the goalie. Being a great goal scorer isn't always about having a laser shot.... sometimes it's just about being able to bang in goals in front of the net. People call them garbage goals, but in the end they don't count style points on the scoreboard. Practice getting in tight to your net (ideally with a puck, not a ball) and try to roof the puck from as in close as you can.
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