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11-29-2012, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by habs03 View Post
Some more details would be great, because I'm not too in touch with college prospects, but it is very rare to have a right hand shot that plays LW in the NHL, its really tough tough in the d-zone. Only reason you see left hand shot players play RW is because of the lack of natural RW.
Well, there are other factors. Considering that 65% of hockey players and prospects are left-handed, there is more left-handed players than right-handed. Therefore, it is more likely for a left-winger to be left handed than not.

Although it does make it harder to play in the defensive zone on the other wing because of necessity of using your backhand or facing towards the net; for an NHLer, these issues can be addressed rather easily at that skill level.

The biggest reason why many right handed players play left wing is because when coming down on a rush on the left side shooting right the angle of the net is almost twice as good. You have the angle to shoot at either side of the net almost perfectly, whereas for a left-handed player, the angle is horrible for the far side of the net.

If your biggest aspect of your game is your shot (ie, like Kristo), then playing off-wing might be more desirable. Look at some of the best shooters in the game (such as Ovy, Kovy, Gaborik) and you will notice that they play on their off-wing.

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