Using your Edges in Dekes – NHL Examples

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by Jeremy Rupke on December 18, 2013

When you you get a chance to go one on one with a goalie you want to make sure you use all the tools in your tool box in order to be more deceptive. It seems many hockey players forget about their skating and edge-work when they try to beat the goalie. Sure it’s important to have good hands when you deke, but if you incorporate some edge-work into your dekes you can be a lot more deceptive and score more goals.

Good Use Of Edges in Dekes

I recently uploaded this video breakdown to the How To Hockey Youtube channel. The actual deke is paused for the first 30 seconds while I set it up.

Wolski Deke Breakdown

  • Wolski approaches from his shooting side, giving the goalie the constant threat of a shot
  • He throws out a quick pump fake, keeping the goalie on his toes. If the goalie bites on this pump fake Wolski could easily beat him to the far post, but the goalie stands strong
  • Next Wolski cuts to the far post, forcing the goalie to slide across
  • Once the goalie slides across Wolski uses his edges to nearly stop, shift his momentum back to the other side of the net, and easily put the puck into the open side of the net.

NHL Examples

Nick Bonino pulled out this beauty a few nights ago against Mike Smith.

Bonino Deke Breakdown

  • Bonino approaches almost straight on Mike Smith, just a little to his shooting side. He carries the puck in front of him to start, but then moves it to his shooting side when he gets closer
  • When he gets close to the crease Bonino fakes a move to the far post, which sends Smith sliding
  • Almost instantly after the fake to the far post Bonino uses his edge to slow down and cut to the other side of the net, giving him a lot of room on his shooting side to score.

Teemu Selanne – Uses his edges a little differently here, he’s pulled this move a few times in Shootouts

 Selanne Deke Breakdown

  • Selanne approaches the goalie with a lot of speed, this forces Kiprusoff to back up into the net. If the goalie does not back up at a similar speed to the skater than the skater only needs one quick move to get behind the goalie and score. In other examples the goalie gets even further back than Kiprusoff
  • Selanne reads that Kiprusoff is backing up and then uses his edges to slow right down. This buys him a lot of time to decide where to shoot, and because the goalie has backed up he can see more net to shoot at
  • Selanne pauses for a second, and then Kiprusoff tries to poke check him, this puts Kiprusoff in a bad position, and Selanne easily shoots the puck over his glove hand.

More moves dekes, and Examples

Another good example of edge-work in a deke is the Datsyukian deke which I explained a few months back. Of course you also need some pretty good hands (and some practice) to pull this one off, but the hardest part of executing the Datsyukian deke is using the edge of the front foot.

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Harry November 1, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Jeremy,

Enjoy your insights and analysis. Working on my front fakes I noticed that when I go backhand forehand I use lots of edge and really rocket across the goal mouth and usually finish easily, sometimes with the goalie unable to even move at all to stop the finish. On the other hand, going backhand forehand, I sometimes skid more losing momentum. This didn’t really make sense to me until the other day, because I can edge harder, turn sharper backhand forehand in other game situations. What I noticed is that when I deke the goalie forehand backhand, I stay low and my hands end up in position to shoot with the puck in great position to either sweep into the net or go high. On the other hand, when I fake backhand forehand, I have a tendency to raise up on my skates and the puck needs to be a little closer to my feet to finish, however, pulling the puck closer to my feet can result in the straightening up, loosing the puck by skating past it or causing my arms and hands to be close to my body when finishing. Are there any drills I can do to improve my edgework going backhand forehand to correct this habit?

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Harry November 1, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Sorry. Edit. The first sentence should be read as forehand backhand, not backhand forehand. I’m seeking help edging backhand forehand for a finish with a shot as opposed to a skating fake only.

Jeremy Rupke November 6, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Hey Harry, for something that specific I would recommend working on it on the ice, just recreate the situation. You could also try to recreate it off-ice with a stickhandling ball or Green Biscuit.

Sterling October 23, 2013 at 12:32 am

Here’s a somewhat related video I liked that shows how simple edge use can fake out an opposing player. Crosby shaking Mackinnon in the Colorado game with a quick little stop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1S7yPzAWqY

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Jeremy Rupke October 29, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Thanks, I just did a breakdown of that one as well.

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