Hockey Sense, Hockey IQ, a “Mind,” no matter you wish to name it… having the ability to learn the sport is that elusive trait that we’re all making an attempt to check and train our gamers.
It’s the elementary of all nice hockey gamers.
On this put up, I’m going to element a couple of of the essential particulars on hockey sense, and within the video beneath, you’ll see probably the greatest in Artemi Panarin and why he’s so sensible on the ice.
Basic 1: Creating Time and House
All nice hockey gamers have the distinctive means to do two issues:
1. Create time and area for themselves
2. Create time and area for his or her teammates
Beginning with creating time and area for themselves, nice gamers are capable of manipulate defenders with the puck. By utilizing deception with their higher physique/eyes, manipulating a defender’s ft by altering pace or course, and through the use of nice puck safety expertise, gamers can acquire further time and area with the puck.
By exhibiting poise, they usually convey different defenders to them which creates an open teammate and time/area for them as nicely. Take a look at the primary clip of Panarin and the way he does all of those particulars in serving to to arrange the Ranger’s first objective.
Basic 2: Nice Puck Help
Nice gamers even have the distinctive means to get themselves in spots to assist the puck. Usually when their teammates are cornered by a defender, they discover themselves in spots for releases in assist. They cannot solely learn the standard patterns of the sport, however they will learn small areas and get themselves in open spots across the ice to proceed performs.
Within the video, Panarin does this masterfully within the final two clips the place he finds lanes first proper after the entry and the Devils are clamping down on Strome, after which on the 2v1 the place he stops to search out the lane after which completely buries.
Basic 3: Utilizing the Center of the Ice
The most effective gamers, merely, are nice at creating choices. They put themselves in conditions on the ice to create completely different choices and never nook themselves off. One of many largest methods they do that is utilizing the center of the ice.
Within the video, you’ll see Panarin on the second objective convey the puck to the center of the ice on the push. This permits him to create two choices by going both left or proper, quite than skating in a straight line down the wall (which so many gamers do!) and limiting the choices to only going a method.
The final word praise a coach may give a participant is that they make their teammates higher.
A participant with hockey sense does this with spades as they’re masterful at creating choices and creating time and area. These issues most actually make teammates higher as a result of they generate alternatives on your staff to maintain possession of the puck. And when your staff has the puck…nicely, that’s an enormous indicator of success.