Are we doing a good enough job teaching scoring?
That’s a question that David Cunniff, the GM and head coach of the ECHL’s Worcester Railers asked at our Global Skills Showcase.
Cunniff ran the numbers and found that 74% of goals scored in the NHL came from inside the home plate area. When he boxed that home plate area to increase its size, he found that 83% of goals came from that area in front of the net.
Knowing this, what can we do about it?
“What do we tell guys to help them score? We tell them to go to the front of the net, we tell them to get into the slot area,” said Cunniff. “But I don’t know if we do a good enough job telling people what to do once they get there.”
Cunniff used a golf analogy to explain what he meant. Golfers carry a bag with 14 different clubs, and practice different types of shots. Hockey players should practice different shots too, he says.
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