Quick Release Shot Angle Change

A simple shooting exercise for players to practice changing their shot angle off of a pass.

Progression # 1:

  • Have player become comfortable with shooting quickly off of a pass.

Progression # 2:

  • Have player receive puck, pull puck around cone (to change their shot angle), and get a quick shot off. 

Variations:

  • Change up the passing location.
  • Shoot around different objects.
  • Have players skate to "open area" to receive a pass before they get a shot off.

Why practice this skill?

It is important for players to understand the benefit of changing their shot angle. Changing your shot angle can help get the puck around a defenders stick or shinpads and it also is confusing and harder for a goaltender to track.