Holding the point with cherry pickers
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01-18-2013, 08:47 AM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
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I wouldn't think, or at least I dont, consider a flying weak side winger on the breakout a "cherry picker". I feel like a guy that basically stays in the neuteral zone to be cherry picking. If you're in the Dzone helping out and your team gains possesion its your job as the weak side guy to get up ice to open up the neutral zone and make the defending team back off their foreheck a bit to give the guys a little more space. As a D man even if I cant get you the puck you are relieveing some pressure by getting up ice when your team gains possesion.
Cherry picking is when you are in the neutral zone while the play is going on in your defensive zone, and you're circling around looking for a pass. Not a bad play if, say, you're down a goal and have the goalie pulled for the extra man...a good flip pass will give you a breakaway. But bad when it's 5-on-5 (and way worse 4-on-4).
A winger who's playing his position waiting for the breakout pass is doing his job.
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