|Does the player have the basic skills to execute a forehand pass?|
|When the player passes the puck, do they slap at it or is the motion smooth with the player following through to the intended target?|
|Does the player appear to be comfortable handling the puck while skating or do they appear to fight the puck and have trouble skating with some speed while handling it?|
|Can the player keep his/her head up while carrying the puck?|
|Can they execute dekes and fakes with the puck?|
|Can't they stop quickly or change directions while handling the puck?|
|Can the player continue to handle the puck while in traffic and under pressure?|
|Does the player get pushed or checked off the puck easily?|
Shooting the puck is another part of the evaluation. Here is what to check out for. Power, accuracy, quick release, can shoot motion, goal scorer, rebound control and variety of shots.
|Can the player execute the technique of a wrist shot and backhand?|
|Does the player follow through to the target on all shots?|
|Can the player raise the puck?|
|Is the puck shot with some velocity?|
|Does the puck sit flat in the air or does it wobble?|
|Can the player execute a one-time shot?|
|Is the player accurate when shooting?|
How does the player react to the game? Ability to see the play developing both offensively and defensively and moves to support, judgement, anticipation, understands systems, disciplined.
|Does the player seem to understand where he/she are to play on the ice?|
|Do they support the puck in defensive and offensive situations?|
|Does the player show patience or do they tend to panic when pressured?|
|Do they protect the mid lane and force opposing players inside out?|
|Can the player angle another player off the puck?|
|Does the player force the play or do they wait too long?|
A good part of the game comes with checking, here is what to look out for. Angling, good body position with balance and control, defensive side position, aggressiveness checker, strength and taking checks.
|Can the player execute basic stick and body checks?|
|Does the player check properly with their hands down or do they get their arms up to give a check?|
|Can the player receive a check properly, not turning their back and staying close to the boards?|
|Can the player check and opposing player and pin them on the boards?|
|Does the player shy away from other players?|
A Hockey skills evaluation can be very complex. Players will not play the same every game so that is why you must watch them as much as possible.
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