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Things Other NHL Players Could Learn from Watching Sidney Crosby

Tom Urtz Jr.Contributor IMarch 26, 2013

Things Other NHL Players Could Learn from Watching Sidney Crosby

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    Sidney Crosby is having an amazing season, and he is proving why he is considered the best player in the world. Crosby has not been this dynamic in a while, and other players could learn a thing or two by watching him play.

    While no one is going to become Crosby, he has skills that are found in few players, so here are some things other players could learn by watching him play.

How to Improve Skating

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    Sidney Crosby is one of the NHL's most fluid skaters, and he moves effortlessly across the ice. Crosby is 5'11" and 200 pounds so his frame allows him to be agile on the ice.

    While skating is a fundamental skill learned from a young age and improved upon over time, players could learn a thing or two by watching film of Crosby skate.

    Crosby likes to changes speeds and directions while moving up and down the ice, and his footwork allows him to be one of the league's most elusive players.

    The Penguins' captain is also a gear geek who is meticulous about his skates, and he works with Penguins' equipment manager Dana Heinze to get the most out of his skates.

How to Improve Passing

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    Sidney Crosby is one of the NHL's premier playmakers, and he is able to set up teammates with ease because of his soft hands and accuracy. 

    Crosby's vision is unparalleled, but his ability to pass can be learned by close observation and dedication to detail.

    Crosby is able to thread the needle better than any other players in the league, and he is able to use timing to feed the puck into lanes like no one else in the league can.

    This skill is hard to replicate, but players can take note of how Crosby finds his teammates on the ice.

How to Take a Wrist Shot

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    Steven Stamkos and Ilya Kovalchuk are known for their impressive slap shots, but Crosby has one of the NHL's best wrist shots.

    The wrist shot is probably one of hockey's more popular shots because it is an easy shot to take, and it is quick to release.

    Not only is Crosby's shot very accurate, but he has a fluid and quick release that goalies can't react to because of the spin he exerts on the puck.

    Accuracy is something Crosby has worked on since his youth in Cole Harbour, as he shot pucks into the opening of a washing machine.

    Many players try and work on their wrist shots as the years go on, and they could really improve their wristers by watching Sid fire the puck.

How to Stick Handle

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    Pavel Datsyuk is the best puck handler in the NHL, but Crosby has such sweet hands as well. Crosby often combines many of his greatest skills when he is on the attack trying to score.

    Whenever the chance arises, Crosby picks up speed, puck-handles through traffic, and he unleashes a quick wrist shot past the goaltender.

    If Crosby was unable to deke and dangle past defenders, chances are he would have to go to greater lengths to score highlight reel goals.

How to Improve Hand-to-Eye Coordination

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    Crosby is one of the hardest working players in the league, and puts tons of effort into his off-ice drills in addition to his on-ice work.

    This clip shows how Crosby uses his hands, and his eyes to follow the puck while balancing it during a workout off-the-ice.

    Hand-to-eye coordination is very important in hockey, and by emulating Crosby's off-ice workouts players can enhance and further develop their hand-to-eye coordination.

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