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Belfry Hockey Podcast: Episode 1 - Sam Steel

Darryl Belfry discusses the intricacies in Sam Steel's game, how he battles for the puck and more.
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For the first episode, Darryl Belfry discusses Sam Steel who last played for the Anaheim Ducks. Sam is a perfect opening episode because his game is rich with important player development topics. 

The Steel study offers a platform to discuss the value of acquiring good pucks and how central this one aspect is to helping players break through in the NHL in their offensive game. With puck acquisition becoming his central challenge, there are a number of factors that spiral him into the position he is now battling offensively.

The episode focuses on:

- The Importance of puck acquisitions and compound possessions

- Improving the conditions of the puck. 

- The impact of puck touches and offensive rhythm

- Route discipline issues lead him into an acquisition into a stop

- The responsibility of the center to play the middle of the ice

- Skating patterning Success equation to create development momentum

- Connecting his play through two zones

- Rush closing his own space

- Problems with playing above the defender at the net

- Shot routes to unsettle the goalie's feet

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