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03-14-2013, 10:43 AM
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Got to watch the MN Wild practice yesterday, although they canceled practice and had a dozen guys just shooting on goalies.

One player I watched closely was Jason Zucker (the guy who got hit by Perry a couple days ago). He's a very high end prospect, excellent shooter, soft hands, very skilled. He may or may not have a concussion so he was just skating by himself and stickhandling and shooting. I watched how he shot, and that was taking no-windup wrist/snap shots with his arms relatively close together (about a forearm or a little longer apart), cup and fire. Of course aiming bar down every single shot, because where else does a scorer aim?

As I mentioned elsewhere, a couple years ago, I migrated from a sweeping wrist shot (using a nose-length stick and hands further apart) to a cup-and-fire snapper (using a 2" shorter stick and hands closer together) and my goal scoring exploded. Then this year, I tried to shoot more from the toe, made my stick longer, accuracy went to hell. Just kind of realized what was going on last week.

Anyways, think I know what I need to work on this summer. Shorter stick, hands closer together, use more of my forearm strength than the flex of the stick.

Also, it's just ridiculous (and fun) to watch NHL'ers screwing around on a sheet of ice. Zucker and Cal Clutterbuck were saucing the puck perfectly smooth and flat two thirds the way of the length of the ice. Drops a few feet in front of the tape. No big deal. Doing the triangle puck handling drills at about three times the speed of us beer leaguers.

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