Improve as a Playmaker or Keep Shooting?
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10-29-2012, 03:30 PM
Join Date: Oct 2012
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Going into my 6th year of rec hockey, low level C league. Always been a shoot first player. Get up the ice fast and get a shot on net. I've been scoring more and more over the years but rarely get assists.
I'm always hearing about the importance of those who can make everyone around them better. I tend to do the opposite, hog the puck, and neutralize my linemates. Some guys complain, others don't mind, and my captain keeps telling me to shoot the puck as much as possible.
The thing is I'm one of the faster skaters on my team, so I tend to lead the rush and can't see anyone with me. If I slow up to let them catch up, the defenders come back too. If I try and drop pass, usually my guys take off in the other direction. And I'm awful at passing on the 2-on-1.
When I play up a level, it's easy to do, since the guys are so fast you can keep them in your peripheral and they handle pucks really easy.
As it is, usually I get on a line with some of the weaker skaters/players on the team and rely on beating the defense for a rush a handful of times. We almost never cycle or pass the puck at my level because most just don't send or catch passes well.
If you were in my shoes, would you keep trying to score as much as possible and pretty much never pass the puck, or would you pass as much as possible to try and improve that side of your game?
I don't think its a matter of choosing one path or the other. What it comes down to is just getting better as a hockey player. You've only been playing hockey 6 years and it sounds like you've found a nice niche as a north south player who can shoot the puck.
Becoming a better playmaker isn't so much a conscious choice as it is a natural byproduct of becoming a better skater and player. The more comfortable you are on your skates when it comes to starts/stops and tight pivot turns, the more time and space you'll find created for yourself. More time and space means you'll have more opportunity to pick your head up and see the ice and play developing.
Nothing wrong with shooting when you're open, however coming down the side boards and blasting 30 foot bad angle slappers is not exactly good hockey.
Here's a tip...next time you get a full head of steam and find yourself alone on the attack, take the puck wide and circlie behind the net, give your teammates a chance to fill in the passing lanes, by the time you get around the net you take a look and you might find a teammate all alone streaking to the far post for a tap in.
As for your poor passing on 2 on 1s, go hit up some rat skates and practice...tons of odd man rushes in rat hockey.
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