The Erik Karlsson Deception Guide

Erik Karlsson

What makes Erik Karlsson so deceptive with the puck? What allows him to deke players out on a consistent basis? After spending thousands of hours studying NHL deception mechanics and puckhandling patterns, I realized that Mr. Karlsson not only showed up in my analysis on a consistent basis, he was successful more than almost any other player I studied.

There are three principles we believe make Karlsson so deceptive:

  • The Puppet vs. Puppeteer framework
  • Reading and committing after his opponent
  • Turning his toes and attacking heels.

All three of these principles are blended together to allow Karlsson to quickly and effectively glide past defenders like they’re standing still. Check out our video below to see for yourself.



Hi, I'm Jason Yee. I'm a professional hockey player, kinesiologist, and the founder of Train 2.0. My goal is to make instructions for hockey players simple, trustworthy, and measurable by leveraging science, technology, and psychology. My method is to research NHLers through video, instruct others and myself, then gather feedback to refine my knowledge. I love documenting the journey publicly and online. I'd love to hear from you and let me know what you think - Your feedback is my oxygen. Thanks for reading my article today. Hit me up on email: jason@train2point0.com or follow my Instagram account: @train2point0