The Coaches Site contributor Joel Lenius shares his drill for practicing explosive and deceptive offensive zone escapes, inspired by one of the NHL’s best.
- The drill starts with X1 standing facing the boards and receiving a spotted puck from X2
- X2 follows their pass and provides token pressure towards X1
- X1 must use shoulder checks to read the pressure and then use an evasive move to spin away from their opponent
- X1 then attacks the net and uses another evasive move around X3 who acts as a defender, providing token pressure
- Be patient and wait for X2 to get close before spinning away
- Using shoulder checks to be aware of your surroundings. Use your body to shield the puck from your opponent
- Accelerating out of escapes/exits to create separation after your skill execution
Here’s how the drill comes together:
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