DRILL OF THE MONTH: Forwards – Entries – Overspeed Moves
Skill Description – First Progression
- Forwards start in a line on blueline.
- Can split forwards into two lines on opposite ends of the blueline.
- First forward in line skates across the blueline and circles around the offside faceoff dot.
- While circling, the forward is building speed for a zone entry.
- Forward enters zone wide and with speed, coming in 1-on-0 for a shot on goal.
Skill Description – Second Progression
- Add a coach, who shadows the forward (acting as a player backchecking) as they circle the offside faceoff dot.
- This forces the forward to protect the puck and also circle at game speed.
- The coach can also change up which way they shadow the forward, forcing them to read and react (take a different route to enter the zone).
- Coach lets the player go as they enter the zone and head to the net.
Skill Description – Third Progression
- Add a second forward to the drill.
- Both forwards circle the offside faceoff dot and enter the zone with speed against a coach or defenseman.
- Play becomes a 2-on-1.
- Forward without the puck (F2) drives the net.
- Forward with the puck (F1) shoots for a rebound.
Key Teaching Points
- Using crossovers to generate speed and enter zone.
- Shoulder checking to determine where the pressure is coming from.
- Driving wide when entering the zone and not through the middle of the ice.
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