Coaches are always looking to find something new that they can bring to their respective teams, and that’s especially true of the World Juniors.
I analyzed face-offs during the tournament, and noticed some set plays that teams used. Let’s take a look at some set face-off plays from the neutral zone and offensive zone.
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1. Winger switch with D
In this set play, the outside defenceman switches places with the outside winger. The centre wins the face-off to the wall and D1 passes to the winger who is already in motion.
It’s a great way to build speed and enter the zone under control. If the opponent adjusts, you can make a pass to D2 on the blue line, like Team Canada did with Bowen Byram in one of the clips.
Team USA was dominant at using the hybrid face-off. From centre ice to the defensive blue line, we can see USA winning the puck back and clearing the puck down the ice. But watch the wingers, they are already gone and first on the puck.
It’s a great way to establish your forecheck, or to work behind the defencemen.
3. Other neutral zone faceoffs
Here’s the best of the rest, in terms of set plays used on neutral zone face-offs. We’ll see a D-to-D-to-centre, a cross-ice pass, and even a weak side bomb from the defensive blue line.
Ok, now it’s time for some offensive zone draws.