Every week, the embroidery handling specialist Pavel Barber and Sonny Sachdeva take on the highlight role to break one of the silkiest features of the best of the NHL, disassemble it, explain why it is so dangerous and to demonstrate how to master it yourself.
It's been almost two months since the NHL stopped its 2019-20 season. And in these accumulating days and weeks, the hockey world has shifted from game nights on the ice rink to stick-handling exercises in the basement, shooting at half-broken nets in the driveway, and other means of fine-tuning skills while we wait for these quarantines to end.
In this case we asked the embroidery handling specialist Pavel Barber to share his expertise. The phenomenal skills YouTube trainer has made a name for himself by analyzing the intricacies of offensive magic. While collecting half a million followers online, the Toronto-born NHLer has trained like Jonathan Toews and Jake Virtanen, and recently trained with local hornets Bo Horvat and the Vancouver Canucks.
Every week Barber and I will cancel a highlight reel move from one of the best in the game and give aspiring danglers what they need to master these groundbreaking moves.
This week? We have that ridiculous one-handed backhand that Sidney Crosby unleashed on the Buffalo Sabers some time ago.
Crosby, who breaks his backhand into a stunning effect, is nothing new – No. 87 is currently legendary and is praised by teammates and opponents alike for much of his career.
It was a new development to bring the additional folds from end to end, to split the D and to pull the top shelf of the puck from his backhand – with only one hand on his stick -.
Indeed, this one-handed aspect – and what exactly Crosby's other hand is doing – is at the heart of what Barber says makes this particular technique so effective.
"Crosby is known for his backhand shot, but this one-handed backhand shot is ridiculous, especially considering how far away it is," says Barber, "and how he shot the defender on his side with his free hand. ”
If you look at the gate from the operator's perspective as below, you can better see the effects of Crosby's free hand. The penguin captain first knocks Ryan O & # 39; Reilly's curious stick away to allow himself to enter Buffalo's zone, and again uses his free hand to fend off a possible poke check from Zach Bogosian as he approaches the cage.
The main danger of the shot lies in its unpredictability, the fact that it comes from a position that few would ever shoot, much less from above. The fact that it also leaves one hand free to interfere in the defenders' sticks is an important additional bonus.
Regarding the actual shot itself, the one-handed strip that wired the puck over Robin Lehner's glove, it is important to master the mechanics of the train, says Barber, even if it seemed more like a representation of No. 87 absurd strength.
"The one-hander is often seen as a movement that requires a lot of forearm strength, but it's actually much more about technology than strength," says Barber. “Crosby has the puck near the heel and when he pushes it forward he sometimes snaps his wrist, which allows him to get under the puck.
"But the most important lever in this shot is the elbow of the upper hand."
The following view shows what Barber is referring to as Crosby raises his elbow before moving through the movement of the shot.
“Watch him hold that elbow at about 90 degrees and how he releases it, he stretches out his arm. We don't have much strength with one hand, so it's important that you let go of it exactly where you need it to get some strength and height on that shot. "
A few other fundamental aspects of Crosby's general style of play supported his ability to pull it through, as Barber emphasizes.
"It also helps that it is incredibly low and that some speed comes into play. It is also worth noting that you can let go of the puck higher with straight blades, which is why people like Datsyuk, Kane and Crosby go for more straightforward curve patterns with their deadly Setbacks decide. "
For those who want to improve their skills at home and add Crosby's one-handed backhand beauty to their arsenal, we asked Barber to demonstrate the mechanics of the train, how to make sure you can run it with maximum effectiveness, and a drill that will help build the skills to do it.