Nick Bjugstad is someone who I grew up with, and all of my friends and I idolized him. Even though he was socially our equal, he did things with the puck in practice and games that would take us years to perfect. Bjugstad is a college hockey superstar, a natural goal scorer. The thing about him is although sometimes you see him dance around defencemen, but most of the time you see him use his big frame and go wide or cut inside without doing too much with the puck. Even in high school, Nick would dribble the puck a few times and beat his opponent wide, but rarely tried to do a slick pull move. That's one of my favorite moves to see.
|Bjugstad using his body to protect the puck. Photo courtesy of|
Western College Hockey Blog
These are very simple moves, that may sound ridiculous, but they are effective moves that are more likely to beat a defenceman than a dipsy doodle between the legs dangle. While I am suggesting basic outside/inside moves, it is also very useful to practice other moves, even the fancy ones. There are definitely times where such a move is necessary and effective, just not on every single 1-on-1 you encounter as a player.