How to contain an uber-talented forward?
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03-16-2013, 10:10 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
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If you can skate with him, stay on him and don't let him have any room. If you cant', you have to play the angles and keep him to the outside at all times. Can't do anything if you're playing the perimeter all game.
Ditto. Make sure they know you're not going to give them an inch. If you can add in a little legal roughness here and there to make sure they get the point, then that's usually helpful too.
Aside from that, as stated do your best to force them to the side. If he's coming down on your through the middle chances are he's going to go through you, so be sure to not take yourself out of the play by jumping at the puck. I'm a forward but am very defensive, and I block a lot of shots in these situations as well. Otherwise if they try to get fancy like that I'll poke my stick to force them to move, and expect to throw my body the other way because that's usually where they go. If they run right into you, they're not getting by you.
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