Young Capitals Forwards Get Crash Course on Shooting and Rebounding with Two Nets (Video)

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As Capitals practice concluded and players started exiting the ice, four young forwards remained for a little lesson from assistant coaches Lane Lambert and Blaine Forsythe. Jakub Vrana, Chandler Stephenson, Travis Boyd, and now Brian Pinho are adjusting to life in the pros and on Wednesday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, they learned a thing or two about rebounding in front of the goal. The Caps have used props in the past in drills such as a tire. Today they used a small goal net. 

First the net was placed up ice towards a territory where players usually shoot the puck while a stick was added in the neutral zone. The coaches had the forwards skate to the neutral zone, get the puck over the stick, then shoot the puck off the top ping of the small net and then fire away.

Then the small net was moved inside the big net. Forsythe began shooting at the top of the small net as the forwards were tasked to rebound the puck in the goal. Here’s Stephenson.

The small net was moved to the right angle of the net. This part of the drill had the players focus on elevating their shot to get it over the small net.

Finally the small net was moved out of the way and players finished up the session continuing to put air under their shot. Vrana was having the most fun.

If you want to see your Capitals hard at work in preparation for the playoffs ahead, be sure to check out a practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex! Practices are free and open to the public. Here is the schedule through the end of the regular season.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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One Response to Young Capitals Forwards Get Crash Course on Shooting and Rebounding with Two Nets (Video)

  1. Pingback: News and Notes from Wednesday’s Capitals Practice at Kettler: Brian Pinho Reports to Caps, Alex Ovechkin is Absent | NoVa Caps

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