Zegras, others may make trick shots, regular creative goals in the NHL

“I just came up with something on the spot,” the 21-year-old Anaheim Ducks center said last month. “I don’t know, let your instincts take over.”

Although Zegras has become the unofficial face of hoaxes in the NHL, he is not alone. Carolina Hurricanes Ahead Andrei SvichnikovThe 22-year-old scored two lacrosse-style goals, known as “Michigan” – against Calgary Flames on October 29, 2019, and against the Winnipeg Jets on December 17, 2019.

Video: CAR @ WPG: Svechnikov scores the second goal in lacrosse style

And with a new wave of young stars arriving in the league, we can expect more. Bring them, say the NHL players.

“It’s always fun to see players make different effective moves, isn’t it?” Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick King He said. “[Florida Panthers center Aleksander] Barkov had a goal last year where he put the disc behind his back while skating forward and hit her with a back, stuff like that.

“Even when I do something like Spin-o-rama, it can be known as flashy but effective play because you are protecting the disc, a man will not be able to get the disc out of my body from that situation. If I have a guy drive backwards, I can pass him or shoot him I like those plays that have some meaning to them.”

It wasn’t Zegras’ first foray into the world of trick shots with a goal, but a assist last season. Zegras controlled the ball behind the Buffalo Sabers net on December 7, turning the ball over the net to Sonny Milano, who shot it into the net. On January 27, he scored a lacrosse-style goal against the Montreal Canadiens. On April 1, the Zegras pulled another “Michigan”–so named because it was made famous by University of Michigan player Mike Legge on March 24, 1996–against the Arizona Wolf.

Video: ANA @BUF: Zegras lobs an unreal pass for Milan

It was the spirit of the first-class show at the 2022 NHL All-Star Skills at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on February 4. New Jersey Devils . Center Jack Hughes21, He had a mini version of himself Brekken Scoppetto, 10-year-old son of Devils Equipment Manager Chris Scoppetto, came out of the box and scored, and the two made identical stick strokes. Zegras dressed as Peter La FleurBlindfolded, Vince Vaughn’s character from the 2004 comedy “Dodgeball,” with NHL mascots throwing dribbling balls at him, the puck raised the ball onto his stick, rotated 360 degrees and reversed it again to score.

Then – Blackhawks forward Alex DeBrinkatNow with the Ottawa Senators, he channeled the inner Alan from his 2009 comedy “The Hangover,” with a baby carrier. Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw the soccer ball to the 24-year-old, who carried it before firing it into the net with a backhand kick from his stick.

The incredible goals and creativity that come with them are part of the next generation of NHL players, the Winnipeg Jets center Mark Shevel He said.

Shefel, 29, said: “You watch them in practice and that’s something that comes to them naturally. I’ve tried some of these things, yeah, I can do it, but it’s not normal. You have to really think about these guys doing it based on the command, it’s a thing.” Impressive. They obviously have a lot of skill. They have a lot of skill with that stick and disc and it’s definitely fun to watch.”

New York Rangers Defender Jacob Troup The Canadians forward Nick Suzuki Players around the NHL said they noticed the hoax shots and talked about it in the locker rooms. But Suzuki said he won’t be trying one anytime soon.

“He might go through my head a few times when he’s spinning around the net, but he (Ziegras) is very good at it,” said Suzuki, 23, who watched it live as Michigan’s Zegras scored against the Canadians. “You can play whatever you want, but when it comes to the game it’s different, and doing it a few times is very special.”

True, it is not popular with everyone. While he was an ESPN analyst last season, John Tortorella, now coach for the Philadelphia Flyers, said he was not impressed with Zegras-Milan’s goal.

“I’m not trying to be hard about it, it’s fun to watch, it’s really cool, but I just think our game has gone too far from what the match should be,” Tortorella, 64, said on December 10. Fair game. It’s about to come out. I know you need to own it, you need to sell the game, but I’m like honest hockey should be played.”

Blackhawks forward Max Domy He said he used to try bluffs when he was younger but not anymore. He’s not their biggest fan either.

Domi, 27, said, “I don’t hate it at all, I think it’s great if you want to do it. I just think there are other things you want to work on. There are enough basic skills we have to get our time on the job. I always sounded ‘Svech’.” In Carolina (last season). I’ll say, “Are you going to pick it up, Svech?”

Kane said working on the hoax shots was upsetting when he was growing up and that we “didn’t do anything like that.” So why is it such a bigger part of the game for younger players in the NHL? It’s part of the training repertoire for some, including Zegras, who said he would “try some funny things” in the first five minutes of skating. Are younger players willing to experiment, and take more risks?

Ken, 33, said, “I don’t know where that came from. Now you see certain things like the road [Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney] Crosby skates by opening his hips. This was something I never did as a kid, and now you see a lot of these guys who are great skaters that are able to do that and do it with some strength, like [Minnesota Wild forward Kirill] Caprizov or [Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale] headquarters. So, it’s quite interesting to watch things like this.

“It seems like younger players are watching NHL players they like and picking up certain things, but I’m not really sure where they’re picking up all that stuff and how it became effective. But Svechnikov has done it a few times, too, right? So maybe someone like Zegras sees it as effective. And he begins to master it more.”

Columbus Blue Defender Jackets Zach Ferenskywho skied with the Zegras in Michigan during the holiday period, said Zegras is working to complete “The Michigan” from the peak.

“I’ve seen it a few times this summer,” Wernsky said. “He’s been working on a few things.” “He’s just, no-fuss. I was asking about his next move, and he was like, ‘I want to try this year.’ He showed me it, and it worked perfectly the first time he did it. I can’t even explain what it is, but I have A feeling that it will come from him this year.”

The trick shots are here to stay. Sure, there is a degree of difficulty and risk that goes with them, but it’s entertaining and if it ends with a goal, it’s worth a try. Aside from the Zegras’ latest run at “The Michigan,” no one can say what the next trick shot will be.

It may not be from Zagras. Florida Panthers forward Matthew Tkachukwho has scored more than once with a shot between his legs, said he is expecting some new tricks this season.

Video: CGY @NSH: Tkachuk goes cross-legged for OT . winner

“There’s been a lot of goals scored in ‘Michigan’ since Svechnikov, and people score through the legs,” said Tkachuk, 24. “We still haven’t yet seen a quarterback, but it’s risky. It’s tough. I’m sure of that. It will be. There is such a thing as kicking it in the air to your stick.There will be something.

“I think what people realize is that players don’t do it to show off. I think they’ve done it their whole life and they’re used to it and that gives them the best chance of scoring.”

NHL.com Editor-in-Chief Bill Price, columnist Nicholas J. Kotsunica, and writer Tom Giuliti contributed to this report.

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