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07-28-2012, 09:04 AM
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It's often a good idea to play up, thus forcing you to hang and adapt more quickly. You can certainly hone your own skills better in such a situation than playing with lesser players. It's tough to work on receiving passes or cycling the puck around when you have a group of guys who can't even control the puck, for instance. Skill produces skill.

And I know it's easy to say a focus on skating will be a priority even if you played w/lesser skilled players, but IMO there's no better way than throwing yourself to the lions so to speak and busting your ass just to not be completely annihilated. Sure you won't immediately be able to keep up but you'll also be able to work on your positioning and hockey sense at a higher level, and work that into your abilities. And you've always got the barometer of other players/teams to see how you're coming along, as opposed to playing with others lesser-skilled guys who may or may not care to really get any better just as long as they're having fun. That's cool and all, but when you're one who WANTS to get better then the mentalities are simply different.

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