Sean Fitz-Gerald wrote a piece for the National Post regarding Cody Franson’s super shot from the point (original article). Beside having enough power to break more than a few bones, the article touches on a key aspect of finding the right hockey stick for each player’s style of play. In this case, Franson pairs a quick release and a lower flex stick to generate a ton of power and accuracy.
It is a really nice article that explains a little bit of the mechanics and tradeoffs in selecting the right hockey stick.
Key call outs from the article…
“The difference in Cody’s shot is that, if you look at the top of the backswing for Jordin and for Shea, their stick is literally perpendicular to the ice,” Robinson said. “If you think of it like a clock face, with their sticks being at 12, Cody was more like 10. He barely gets his stick above parallel to the ice.”
The question Robinson could not answer as definitely is how Franson generated as much power as he did behind those shots without as much of a backswing. Franson, who is an inch taller but about 15 pounds lighter than Weber, offered an answer on Wednesday.
He uses a more flexible stick — “a whippier stick” — than Weber. That whipping effect, combined with his upper body strength and wrists, is what the Leafs defenceman says generates most of his power.
“That’s why I use the whippier stick,” Franson said. “Because as quick as I can get it off, there’s still a lot of pop behind it, you know what I mean? It’s not like I’m just throwing a 50 mile-an-hour changeup in there. There’s still a lot on it.”
The shorter backswing provides a quicker release, which can make Franson a threat in his own right from the point. He assisted on Toronto’s first goal in a 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night, seconds after forcing goaltender Ryan Miller to make a quick toe save on a snap shot from the high slot.
“The whole thought process is to get it off quick enough where guys can’t get in my shooting lane and, secondly, to get it off before the goalie knows I’ve got it,” Franson said. “When a goalie’s got to move through traffic, he usually loses the puck for half-a-second. If I can get it off my stick before he picks up that I have it, he’s going to have a tough time finding it in a crowd.”
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