Many young players think that they have to score on every shot they take. When players learn to create offensive chances for their team by simply getting the puck to the net with a purpose, they will see point totals start to creep up. When a player can force a goalie to make a save and then have to scramble for a rebound, it will create offensive chances for your team.
A. Play the Angles
Think about where you are on the ice and where the puck will kick out to after it hits the goalie. Using the goalies pads is a great way to create rebound for a teammate especially when come in on the wing. By shooting far pad the puck will kick out to the slot.
B. Does Not Have to be a Rocket
Both examples shown here are well placed wrist shots that hit the goalie and leave a rebound for a teammate. A hard low wrist shot will many times stay in a better spot then a slap shot will. The slap shot has more power behind it and many times the rebounds hit the goalie and will bounce farther away from the net. Also a slap shot is less accurate and takes longer to get off. A quick released wrist/snap shot will force the goalie to make a save a have to locate the rebound.
C. Play the Rebound
When you are off the puck, put yourself in a position to score on a rebound. This means understanding the timing needed to react to the loose puck. If you are too early many times the rebound will bounce by you. Time the play like King does below, to move into the rebound making your chance to the net a more quality chance. In the video above, Carter is in a great spot to find a rebound on the PP and finishes off his Hat-Trick.
Come work on your Shooting, Rebound Control and Offensive Creativity at The RINK Training Centre. Watch the videos again and notice this is the same player shooting the puck in both. This is not a coincidence as he does this a lot!
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