This is actually a two-part breakdown that will later include a screen play, continuing the theme from his last Pro Reads installment, but it starts with a rush shot that is deflected by his sliding defenseman, resulting in a loose puck below the goal line and a recovery in tight:
Are you getting back to your skates or staying down? Are you swinging into a Reverse?
Let’s keep it even simpler: Are you making that move with your right or left skate?
While Demko’s answers to those questions (below) are most likely to become the focus of this Pro Reads, lets continue onto the impending screen and his sightline decisions:
Now let’s see how Demko managed both situations:
Would you have planted your left skate and swung into a reverse, with the right skate going back to the post instead? What factors do you think might go into that decision to use a two-piece recovery in Reverse rather than swinging into Reverse in a more traditional method?
Does anything else stand out about the way he handled that play, or the ensuing screen?
THE PRO READ
Now let’s hear how Demko saw both parts of this sequence:
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