Speed has emerged as the primary factor in determining the value of any NHL player.
While intelligence and unique puck skills can get you far, the ability to quickly navigate the ice, exploit gaps on defense, and correct mistakes will ultimately determine the success or failure of a player’s career.
With each passing draft, teams have progressively moved their picks away from bigger, slower players and focused on individuals with exceptional speed. The desire to find a player with this expressive character and refine other aspects of the game became an attractive challenge for the growing development staff.
As a result, what factors contribute to a technically superior ski?