Specific Skills for Forwards
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The following information provides you with (5) Categories in which the forward player will be evaluated. Please keep the Categories and Specific Skills noted in mind during the evaluation.
- Quick Feet, Acceleration
- Quick Starts from Stand Still
- Varying Skating Speed, Change of Speeds
- Puck Control at all Speeds
- Balance, strong on skates?
- Stops and Starts, as opposed to swooping turns that take you out of the play or giving up on the play
- Stick Handling and Puck Possession (Protection)
- Stick handling at high speeds
- Passing Skills (Head Manning Puck, Looking for Passes, Receiving Passes)
- Passing at High Speeds
- Quick, Hard, and Accurate Shot
- Fore Checking: Playing the Body, Angling the Defender, inside out positioning, pressure vs contain situations, stick positioning, body positioning, fighting through checks.
- Back Checking: Picking up the Man (is it the Right Man?), reading the rush, head on a swivel, communication, back pressure.
- Reads and Reacts, Anticipation
- Play without the Puck, Timing, Skating off the Puck
- Offensive and Defensive Zone Awareness
- One on One Battles, can they Compete? Which player wants it more?
- Physical Presence. Do they finish hits? Are they smart hitters or do they take themselves out of the play?
- Intimidating Factor. Does the player use their size? Do they punish opponents?