Mango Salsa wrote:I used to play beer leagues with a guy that used that move alot. He was that guy who's faster & better than everyone else and should probably be playing at a higher level.
It's my go-to move in beer league, too, and I'm a lousy player.
The conventional wisdom is that it's better to come straight in at the goalie, because that way the goalie doesn't know if you're going to shoot/deke to his left or right, whereas if you come in wide, he hugs the near post and knows you have to go to the other side. Lots of hockey people will tell you that, and there's some truth to it.
That argument doesn't account for two things, though. First, the shooter now knows what the goalie needs to do: hug the near post and move across. Second, the shooter doesn't actually have to put the puck to the far post side. When the goalie moves, the five hole and near post side both open up. The shooter might be able to move the puck back with the Forsberg move or a spin-o-rama. So the shooter's options are different than if he came straight in, but it's not as unbalanced as many people make it sound.
I don't think it will be the next big thing at the NHL level, though. For example, Sidney Crosby usually shoots on breakaways/shootouts, rather than dekes around the goalie. He has great success with that. If he comes from way wide, he cuts down his shooting angle. So he usually comes more or less straight in. For players with lousy shots compared to the goalies at their level, though, moving wide can be a good part of their arsenal of moves.