Special Teams

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Schrempy’s Take – A Toronto Maple Leafs PP Goal

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a dominant power play.  There’s no question about it.  Here are few things that happen on this play that show the dynamics of why they can be so good. First off, Marner is a magician with the puck.  Between his entry pass to Tavares, and then his finding Kadri’s stick...
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Schrempy’s Take – Connor McDavid’s Shootout Goal

When talking to Robbie Schremp about Connor McDavid’s shootout goal against the Blues last week…this is what he had to say: “It was so nasty. That mother *%&#$ is so good. So good.” That’s coming from the guy that continually made NHL goalies look stupid on shootouts. Don’t believe me…check out the video below: So...
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Penalty Kill

COACHES: This clip shows two “No-No’s” when it comes to playing net front on the PK as a defenseman. 1. Don’t get tied up/picked with the net front player. Step & retreat. 2. Don’t lift your stick to cross-check. Keep it on the ice & take away a passing lane. Ends up in a GA…...
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Power Play – Schrempy’s Take

On Twitter yesterday, I pointed out the chess match going on between Tampa Bay’s PP and New Jersey’s PK.  Between shot lanes, stick lanes, power play roles, personnel, etc…There is so much going on that allows a play to unfold on special teams.  From a strategic and skill standpoint, special teams are really fun to...
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PENALTY KILL

I sent a tweet with this video last week that got a huge reaction from the hockey community…with youth coaches all the way up to professional coaches reaching out to me about it.  Turns out, there are a ton of little things going on with this clip from a coach’s eye, and a lot of...
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Penalty Kill

COACHES: The PK is all about EVERY player doing their job. On this clip, you’ll see Wilson (43) get overextended high on Hedman…who is not a threat from there. This allows the lane to open up cross-ice from Kucherov to Stamkos (who is Wilson’s responsibility). DO YOUR JOB.
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Power Play

COACHES: How much do you work on RETRIEVALS & RELEASES w/ your PP? If you want to be a shooting PP, you have to win battles to retrieve the puck after shots. VGK does a great job pursuing pucks in this clip & then using their middle player as a release from pressure. Great work!
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Penalty Kill

COACHES: Here are PK fundamentals from LAK, the top unit in the NHL. -Faceoff plans & win battles off draws for CLEARS -Anticipate 50/50 & bobbled pucks & attack! -Sticks down in passing lanes -Shinpads in shot lanes & block shots -When all else fails, have a great goalie!
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Power Play

KIDS: Watch Rantanen play the net front position on the Power Play. He works hard to be an outlet and to get back and screen the goalie, and makes a few great plays…one that ends up in a goal!
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