View this post on Instagram
Having the ability to gain the zone and possess the puck to setup is an elite skill at the pro level. Let's look at a couple things @mackinnon29 does. 1) Gains speed behind the puck (to ensure he had a speed advantage). 2) Makes move out of stick reach to gain the zone with simple inside edge cut (well timed by scanning as he skates up the ice to assess options). 3) He has hands. Dangles the secondary defender to clear space. 4)Threatens to drive wide and uses punch turn to create space from 3rd defender 5) Had patience to not force a play. Sees his options, takes his time, and sets up. Other great players to watch with this skill: Kane , Barzal, Pettersson. (Video Source: @icehockeysystems).