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11-15-2012, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Hemsky_83 View Post
The beauty of a shot like Kovalchuk/Sakic is that it's hard for defensemen/goalies to tell when it's coming.

The beauty of a shot like Semin/Hull is that more often than not the goalie/defenseman knows its coming - they just can't do anything about it.

For me it's Semin for the best release all time.
Very well said.
About Semin, not only do opponents or fans (who watch him on regular base) mostly know when he shoots but where his aiming to (high, Glove-side) as well. He oftenly does the same little forward-backward stickhandling until he got the right bodytension for the release. You can read those pre-shot moves pretty well. But the release itself is so utterly dirty, you hardly can react. Not only is his wrister one of the hardest all-time, but is technically so out of this world, that it seems that he doesn't have to destroy his body for generating the force. ( like Federer's forehand swing for example, a guy like Ovi is more like Nadal, has to use his superior strengh to generate the force)

And this release is one of the most fascinating and beautiful moves I have ever seen in all-sports.

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