Improve as a Playmaker or Keep Shooting?
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10-25-2012, 11:48 AM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
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What are you in it for? To have fun, right? Do you not find any fun in passing the puck?
To me, hockey is a team game. While I am a shooter too, I really enjoy setting my team mates up.
Scoring a goal is as much fun as setting up a nice scoring play, but the latter rarely happens...
1- once you cross the blue line, back up the D about 5 feet, then cut to the short side boards and loop back. You will have backed off the D, possibly confused them and your team mates will now be entering the zone. You still have the option of shooting, but now you also have the option of passing it to forwards that have the D on heir heels.
I have tried this but usually what happens is the backchecking forward from the other team catches up first and then strips the puck from me or at least forces me to ring it around the boards. I do try this a couple times per game but rarely does it work.
Maybe it'd be better if I instead of looping towards the boards just stopped? Maybe if I'm more focused on backing off the defenseman than evading him...
2- same situation, cut across the zone diagonally, you can have new angles to shoot from, plus your team mates may have had time to catch up and you can feed them and crash the net.
So...skate between the two defensemen on a 1-on-2 situation? How does this work on the rush? Any way I'm envisioning this, I'm looking at less ice...I come in at one side or the other and then skate to the far corner with the defenseman, my guys are still behind me...
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