Many players that we see come through our training facility want to develop a harder shot. They talk about wanting to score more goals from shots but don’t look at the details involved for that to happen. One of the biggest things that we talk about when taking wrist shots is balance. A player will always be able to shoot the puck harder when they are balanced as compared to being off balance. At a older age if you are shooting the puck off balance you are also exposing yourself to being hit extremely hard. Take a look at Evander Kane showing how to use a wrist shot in a game to score.
A. Wrist Shot to a Spot
Take a look at this lighting fast release to a perfect spot in the net beating one of the best goalies in the game. Notice how fast Kane moves the puck from his backhand to his forehand and loads the puck up. From this position the puck is released to the net and into a great spot. The balance that Kane has from the quick change of direction is incredible but this comes from having both skates on the ice. In this position he is able to weight transfer and really lean into the shot. A great example of a wrist shot with a quick release with great accuracy.
B. Shoot the Puck Through a Screen
Here is a great example of what speed can do off the rush. Kane uses his speed from his own end and backs the D men off through the Neutral Zone. Kane recognizes that he is not going to beat them by driving wide and takes advantage of the ice that is given to him, which is in front of the D men. He makes a small move to the inside by turning his feet, again allowing for him to weight transfer with his shot. The difference on this example is that he is not shooting the puck to the perfect location. He uses the D man as a screen and shoot the puck past the shin pad and shoots it hard. ”This play for a goalie is very tough as you have to track the puck across and also pick the puck up through the D man” says Ryan Cyr of GDI. The puck is not perfect but the wrist shot is released quickly, with lots of power and comes through a screen leading to a great goal.
Continue to work on expanding your Shooting skills in our Shooting Program coming up this Spring. This Program is designed to work on the the technical aspects of your shooting. Learn the basics of a wrist shot both stationary and moving and progress to Slap Shots and One Timers. In this program players will learn to shoot the puck harder,with a quicker release and greater accuracy.
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