The debate about using skilled players on the penalty kill has raged on since the dawn of the frozen game.
Ok, maybe raged is a little strong. Most coaches have their own beliefs when it comes to personnel on the penalty kill. Some believe it’s important to assign roles to every player on the team – thus, players either get to kill penalties or play on the powerplay once you reach a certain age or level.
But the skillset of those players is important to the PK as well. I think most of us would agree that speed, agility, and good edges are important tools for killers to have. Add in a good stick and the ability to read what the powerplay is doing, and you’ve got a strong profile for a penalty killer.
What about scoring goals?
But of course, noted sniper (checks notes) Ron Hainsey? Joining an odd-man rush on a penalty kill? A player like Ron Hainsey, known more for his defensive prowess than his offense, jumping into the play to cap off a shorthanded rush only happens because the coach is encouraging it.
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