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.