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03-14-2007, 06:44 PM
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Look at Bure's skating. There are pretty much two diffrent ways to skate, Bure is a extreme "toe" skater.
He is bent a bit forward, and always puts the front part of his skate to the ice first. Like skating on his toes. Gets a extreme explosity in his skating from it. Most guys would fall forward if they skated like that. Thats were he gets his acceleration from, he kind of falls forward, but got such a great frequency in his legs that he can get them moving, he is also extremely strong. He also must have extremely strong calves.
I wonder if anyone ever will be abel to skate like him. His dad was the coach for the Soviet swimming team. I am not trying to trash Pavel in anyway, but its widly known that the Soviets used allot of steroids, systematically. I've heard a ton of Soviet athleets and trainers say it in interviews ect. Hockey were no diffrent.
My point is that Bure were like a perfectly built machine.
The other school are "heel" skaters. Bure's blade on his skate is almost round. On the blade you have a part thats completly straight, called the "glidingsurface" directly translated from Swedish. For most guys its probably around 2 inches. Bure probably didn't even have a inch. Heel skaters probably have a glidingsurface of atleast 4 inches, maybe 5-6. They never lands with their toes, but put the entire blade straight down on the ice, and with their long surface towards the ice they get a great grip and very little friction. These guys always seems to have really deceptive speed. They move really fast without taking many strides. Though you need to have really strong legs to skate that way, the calves aren't important at all. And the long glidingsurface makes it harder to make sharp turns ect.
Paul Coffey is a great example of a extreme "heel" skater.
This can be kind of relevant when looking at prospects. Take a kid like Greg Moore for example. He can look really fast. But he is probably a bit heavy for his thighs, and slows down allot when his legs aren't 100%. He also is somewhat of a heel skater, and therefor looses allot of acceleration, and can't shift tempo as well. A winger defenitly should be more of a toe skater. Sanguetti is a example of a heel skater in our system. The advantage for them is that they always when moving got a high "low speed". A toe skater needs to move his feet all that time, Moore will keep his speed up longer.
So even if a player can show great speed at lower levels, you need to watch how they skates. Korpikoski is a kid who pretty much can skate both ways, like Cullen also can. Korpedo can really blow past a D in a puck race, start from scratch and be gone in a hurry. He can also come back on the back check and take long solid strides, save energy and still have a really high speed.
On highlights or if you don't pay attention to it, both can look to be really fast skaters, but looking closely over 60 minutes, Korpedo with his skating will be able to use it allot more, when a player like Moore kind of dissapears. Greg needs a much longer time to reach his maximum speed, he needs allot of ice.
Moore can correct his flaw, probably needs to loose some weight on the upper body, and get stronger calves ect. But its not a major problem. Though his skating style is the explanation for why he aren't accomplishing much in the AHL right now with his skating.
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