Playing with a weak D partner
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06-16-2006, 01:41 PM
Join Date: Aug 2004
I'm a forward but spent a lot of time playing D this year. There were times when I was the weaker of the two and times where I was the stronger one. When I was paired with the stronger player I would do whatever he told me. I would let him pick the side he felt most comfortable with and play the other. I would ask him where do you want me and what do you want me to do. When I was paired with the weaker guy I told him pretty much what the other guy told me. Then I tried to play similar to the the way I saw the stronger guy play. I know it sounds stupid, but it actually worked pretty well. The biggest thing is communication. Talk with your partner on the ice as well as on the bench and always listen to your goalie. Most importantly, defense comes first. It's ok to chip in but not if it leads to scoring chances for the other team.
On that 2 on 1. The girl coming late should get in a position to cover the player without the puck. You're playing the pass, the goalie is playing the shooter, but no one is playing the rebound or the player who could receive the pass if it's made.
What I have tried to do is keep things simple. I look to make the smart safe play. I don't want to get burned and leave my partner and/or my goalie out to dry. I've enjoyed playing a lot of D. I get tons of ice time since we usually rotate 3 D. I like the challenge of shutting down some really really good players. It's nice to break up the guy that you watch in awe as he plays and wish you could play like that. The guys have recognized my willingness to play wherever needed. At times even offering to play D so I can get some time up front.
I'm no coach and I'm not Bobby Orr so take it for what it's worth.
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