Not sure what age you are looking for, but my 9 year old son (Dimitri) is the best D-man in New England. He's under a strict skills/skating regimen. We also put together a "quota" for him per game in regards to goals/assists. Ever since we've implemented this, he's leading the entire team in scoring.
It's all about accountability...you miss your quota...you get lashings.
GOOD JOB MIKE
NEXT YEAR WILL BE THE CHALLENGE. YOU WILL NEED TO SET LIMIT ON QUOTA..AND DISTRIBUTE LITTLE PUTIN'S POINTS TO THE LESS ADVANTAGED SKATERS. SOVIET STYLE
Ummmm...first off, my sons name is Dimitri, not Putin...if you want him to play for your team you need to start by getting that right.
Second...at what point in your response did you not notice that you have all caps on?
Finally, these "lesser" skilled players you speak of...you're talking about alternates, right? I was told by other parents of top kids that if a child scores less than a point per game, cut off those people completely. I'm talking no eye contact, conversations...don't even hold the door for them. After all...a kid that scores less than a point a game, are they considered even "humans"?
HE WILL SKATE FOR US AND WE WILL CALL HIM PUTIN
It's becoming a sad state of affairs when coaches encourage their D-men to run all over the ice and score, score, score! Nothing sinks a youth or high school team like "the mobil, puck moving, offense first" defensemen.
Mark my words - show me a puck rushing defensemen and a coach that encourages it and I will show you a team that is under .500
Puck rushing defensemen totally disorient a team. The forwards are made to stop at the blue line, which means no momentum for a rebound or forecheck. The rushing defensemen is now caught up ice, leaving the team exposed on the counter. The rushing defensemen also tires very quickly, and his "chances" on the rush will look pretty but will usually be just B- shots from near the wall that a good goalie can easily handle.
Great, great post. COACHES READ THE PREVIOUS POST!!!!!
Therein lies the art of the greatest position on earth! Should he rush...sometimes; Should he move it...sometimes; Should he move it then hop in;...sometimes; Should he rush it, then feather it;...you get the point!
That's why the great ones are the great ones... You can teach skills, but can't teach vision, timing and instincts.
The problem here is "good puck moving d men" do not exist in youth or high school hockey. And if they do exist in college or the NHL they must have a shutdown D partner and a goalie that can really make stops. Even watching the Bruins you see what a total defensive liability Tory Krug is when he's on the ice during even strength. It just isn't worth it.
His beef is that his 3rd line, non-back checking wing, who only plants his a** on the boards, is not getting the puck on the breakout because the puck moving dman with better skills is bypassing him.
No beef just want some troll to tell me go have your boy watch x team at y age level.. they have the best defenseman
Out of necessity we have some of our best playing on the backend. One or two who may have a future in the sport. These boys have many offensive forwards around for them to follow. And teams that move the puck with efficiency. It is tougher to identify the teams and players with defensive functionality and team play. We have seen some but boy are squirt age so not enough.
Much more effective to get the wings moving on the breakout and have the D headman the puck. The old 1970's 'stand at the hash along the boards and wait for the puck' breakout is for a slower time in hockey. Today it's up ice and in a hurry.
Don't get to see them play much but IHC 07E.. has some great dmen. As great as their forwards are the defense makes that team click. Fun to watch
Best 06 Dman, he is 11. Give it a rest.
One of the Best 04 dmen left is now playing w. Honey Baked
Ya, was he e9 bred or was there more to it. Made the right move and we wish him luck as he will need it
English? do you speak it?? Hillbilly
Must have hit a nerve, enjoy your shift at the state liquor store.
I remember back a few years and their were two or three 'it kids' at the peewee level. One played for his dad and ended-up at CM his freshman year and I think by his junior year he ended-up playing football. Another was suppose to be the second coming and he played at BCH his freshman year and then moved over to Thayer and I think he failed to grow and I have no idea what happened to him and the third was a solid player and played on some elite teams, went to St. Sebs and is now playing D-III hockey at a pretty good school.
this is good news
forget the offensive dmen. where is the best all around young dman around FED or e9 for my boy to emulate. the kid w. the IT factor. defensive teams to watch. those who are in the know may not want to share