Offensive Blue Line Skills. Joel Johnson University of Minnesota. Offensive Blue Line Skills . Identification of what elite players do instinctually – create practice environments to develop those skills and situations: Know the difference between puck retrieve and/or receive
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Coach passes / rings puck to D, D retrieves/receives and passes back to Coach
Pinch on ring using skates only
Pinch on ring with forehand / backhand
Receive direct / indirect pass and carry blue
Based on defender, but almost always feet outside blue (create offensive gap)
Shoulders square (opens up the entire ice), Head up on carry
D receives direct pass from coach, lateral movement
Once fake/drag complete, head up looking for redirect / tip / screen / etc…
Based on defender, trying to freeze in block position and change point of shot
D receives direct pass from coach on FH or BH, drag and shoot
Focus on footwork and lateral drag (one hand / two hands)
Shoulders square vs. Drag/Push and shoot
Simple figure 8 skate around tires (start outside of either tire) and receive one-timer / catch-stride-shoot
See the puck/passer the entire time
On forehand, carry and see options
On one-timer, passer just as important as shooter
D1 passes to D2. D2 moves laterally from middle toward wall as D1 skates underneath opening up to receive pass on FH or one-timer
Option on FH receive to take ice laterally each direction or diagonal toward circle
D2 then retrieves puck, backs up and moves laterally, shooting from blue line
Option on 2nd shot for D2 to skate down wall (high cycle) and attack net
Option on 2nd shot for D2 to retrieve puck and then pass to D1 cross ice for shot
Coach passes/rings to D1, who moves laterally then passes to D2 for shot / one-timer from blue
Coach passes/rings 2nd puck to D1, who moves laterally and shoots
Coach passes/rings 3rd puck to D1, who moves laterally while D2 spreads zone wide…D1 passes to D2 who shoots.
Option for D2 to attack down the wall, pass back to D1, etc…
Coach passes/rings 4th puck to D1, who moves laterally while D2 spreads zone. D1 continues to carry across blue while D2 switches/overlaps behind D1. D1 passes to D2 for shot.
F1 passes to D1, goes to net. D1 slides and shoots / F1 screens…
F2 passes/rings a new puck back to D1 and skates a timing pattern around top of circle into the mid-slot
D1 slides and passes to D2, D2 carries and looks for shot / screen from F1 or high redirect from F2.
F1 and F2 then get a new puck and go 2v1 or 2v2 full ice
Options / Add-ons
2nd puck shot off of back-wall for F1 to gather and quick-pass to F2 in slot
2nd puck goes F2 to D1, but then quickly back to F2 who gathers and hits cross ice weak-side pass to D2 for shot / redirect
2v1 chase option = after two shots, F1 and F2 receive a new puck attack either of the D-man full ice, the other D-man swings underneath forwards and chases full ice 2v1 to apply back pressure and force decision making
Players line up according to diagram, X1, X2, and X3 each have a puck
On first whistle, X1 carries/passes puck up wall, O1 defends. X4 and X5 are both active, along with O4 and O5 defending. Play puck for 5-10 seconds 3v3 while other players are stationary.
On second whistle, first puck is dead but players stay involved as X2 and O2 now join others in drill with X2 carrying/passing puck up wall and play 5-10 seconds of 4v4.
On third whistle, 2nd puck is dead and X3 and O3 now join adding their puck playing 5v5.
Drill Options / Points of Emphasis:
With each puck, intent is to challenge OZ defenseman to be involved either on blue line, cycling down wall, or sneaking to slot / back door. Defensive team has to read and react accordingly.
Coach can mandate that each puck is passed / skated for 2 strides, etc…
Coach can switch the starting position of the defensive players, especially the wings
Coach can encourage D to cycle immediately, break to back door, etc…forcing different offensive opportunities and defensive coverage situations.
Questions / Comments?