Holding the point with cherry pickers
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01-15-2013, 02:21 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
If there's no passing lane to him, all they are doing is giving your team a free 5-on-4. Cover the passing lane and you're set.
Seems like the lower level of play, the better risk/reward ratio for cherry picking. At the NHL level any defenseman will pick off a pass to a cherry picker. And teams are so skilled and good with a man advantage that they score far more often. You never see it.
But at low levels, a lot of guys at the point will miss that pass and it's a legit play. Plus the man advantage is so much more frequently broken up when guys can't stickhandle in tight spots or make pinpoint passes.
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