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01-16-2014, 05:53 AM
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Quick Execution

Originally Posted by jazzykat View Post
I'm a defenseman, and my captain keeps saying I have to get a better slapshot to challenge the goalie. I watch a lot of NHL and 50%+ of the shots from Dmen when even strength are not slapshots.

My snapshot is harder than most of my team mates and reasonably accurate. Maybe I should work on flinging pucks to the net and letting my team mates tip it in or have it bounce around in traffic, instead of shooting this inconsistent almighty slapshot.
The key is quick execution based on quick recognition. To do this you have to recognize the flow in the offensive zone, study your teammateshabits - how and when they cut to the net, their body and blade position.

When executing any shot or pass from the d-man position at ES in the offensive zone you cannot allow the openings to close or the opposition to have time to reset.

Work on the slap pass. Low quick shot < 18" that may be deflected or yields a rebound. Snap shot, wrister are more effective for these purposes.

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