Player Breakdown:
Jake Cochran
Forward
#13 Palm Beach Hawks
Game Info
October 8th: 2020
West Palm Beach Hawks vs Makos Hockey
Location: Palm Beach Skate Zone Lake Worth, FL

West Palm Beach Hawks
Makos Hockey
Please note that this breakdown was done just based off of a single game. A multi-game review is likely to give a more accurate view of the player's typical performance. We are happy to discuss how a multi-game package would look like for greater understanding of player's strengths and weaknesses.
Strengths
  • Has good size for age compared to teammates
  • Shows some explosive power in the first few strides but not enough consistency throughout game
  • Plays with an edge and mean streak in game at times, doing a great job finishing his checks. Solid foundation of balance but need to see more explosion through his checks.
  • Skates with head up and hands high to see the ice but slightly too upright
  • Good base to work with as far is edgework, transitions and agility
  • Plays with hustle and purpose to game, can see that he wants to be a difference maker on the ice
  • Soft hands and creative passer showing poise with the puck in mid to lower level pressure situations
  • Looks to go where the puck is around the net showing good battle in tight, fighting hard for rebounds
  • Shows potential to be a quarterback of the play. There were instances in this game where he slowed the play down and had control.
Example Timestamps of Film Footage in Reference to Strengths:
Video 1, Period 1:
  • 5:45 In this sequence you tracked the puck well, stepped up quick to finish your check causing a turnover
  • 6:24 Good awareness here when the puck is turned over to make a quick turn to finish a hard check stopping the attack
  • 12:10 Great initial chip play here moving the puck up ice with speed and purpose
  • 14:29 - 14:37 You came on the ice here with hustle, hungry for the puck. You used your strength and size to knock the opponent off the puck, then slowed the play down and made a heads up pass to your teammate in front

Video 1, Period 2:
  • 22:41- 22:50 Excellent job skating with speed through the lane to come up with the puck. In this sequence your offensive potential is very apparent. After moving up the ice with speed, your hockey sense kicked in to slow the play down and make a very poised saucer pass to your teammate for an assist.

Video 2, Period 2:
  • 1:13- 1:18 Your hockey sense was on display here making a creative play to tap it down low to your teammate then put yourself in a dangerous scoring position by driving the lane
  • 1:25 - 1:29 Again you showed poise with the puck making a chip play through your legs to a teammate moving up ice
  • 1:45 Very good job reading the play and finding the soft spot, teammates know to find you, solid shot attempt on net
  • 10:16 Great awareness jumping on the loose puck with purpose, then a powerful move to the centre of the ice to get a strong shot on net. This is the emotion I want to see more consistently in all areas of the ice Video 2/ Period 3:

Video 2, Period 3:
    • 19:20 Another great example of you reading the play well. On an offensive 2 on 1, nice delay on the outside lane and a hard cut to the inside lane to get open for an offensive attempt.
    • 23:20 I liked how you showed quicker feet here and quick thinking, forcing the defense to move the puck off the face-off back inside the opposition's zone
    • 27:41- 27:43 Good example of how solid you can be on your skates showing your power. Need to see this the entire game.
      Areas of Improvement:
      • Short stride skater, not enough drive and length in stride. Chest too upright
      • Showing balance issues at times in crossovers during quick transitions
      • Cruising way too much in skating, needs to play with more motion and flow to game. Doesn't sustain emotional look throughout game.
      • At this level shot release needs to be quicker with some snap added to shot Too many hope plays made, can tell it's a habit to just throw the puck instead of taking control
      Example Timestamps of Film Footage in Reference to Areas of Improvement:
      Video 1, Period 2:
      • 21:49 You got the puck here and turned and dumped it in. I'd like to see you take charge of the puck and want it on your stick. Circle back to elude the check or at least drop it back to the defenseman. Start to imprint in your mind, keep possession, want the puck on your stick.
      • 22:17 Example of a hope play in this game. You want to avoid making these blind low percentage passes, luckily it got to your defenseman. Hold on to the puck, keep it along the boards, you had help to keep the cycle going

      Video 2, Period 2:
      • 1:15 Here you did an awesome job driving the lane to a scoring area but again you have more time than you think. Look for the give and go or hold onto the puck an extra breath for a more solid shot on net verses shooting in a panic off your heel
      • 2:08- Here is an example of you being too stationary. Read the play on how can you be in a better place to get the puck. You need to become the guy who demands the puck on your stick, where you teammates are always looking for you.
      Video 2, Period 2:
      • 1:13- 1:18 Your hockey sense was on display here making a creative play to tap it down low to your teammate then put yourself in a dangerous scoring position by driving the lane
      • 1:25 - 1:29 Again you showed poise with the puck making a chip play through your legs to a teammate moving up ice
      • 1:45 Very good job reading the play and finding the soft spot, teammates know to find you, solid shot attempt on net
      • 10:16 Great awareness jumping on the loose puck with purpose, then a powerful move to the centre of the ice to get a strong shot on net. This is the emotion I want to see more consistently in all areas of the ice Video 2/ Period 3:

      Video 2, Period 3:
        • 28:00 Here is another example of you not realizing that you have a lot more time than you think. Hang onto the puck, spin to see if there is a better play instead of making a blind play. Take your time, YOU control the play, have patience.
          Overall Comments
          Jake, there are a lot of positives I see in this game that show your potential to be a high level junior and or college player. You show several glimpses of a willingness to compete and high end offensive ability to become quarterback of the play in which everything runs through you. It is also apparent that you have a strong base level of hockey sense to where at times you are able to see the play before it happens.


          Player Comparisons
          Below is a list of players who we think your game reminds us of and who we think you might consider modeling your game after. We recommend watching their footage as a way to improve your own performance and think about the game as if you were in their shoes:
          Player Comparison #1
          Curtis Lazar
          Curtis Lazar has some interesting parts of him game for you to look at and copy. He has an edge in his game and plays the body while also having a lot of offensive ability with the puck.
          Player Comparison #2
          Alex Chiasson
          Alex Chiasson is a player similar to Curtis Lazar above, and we recommend watching his footage to get a sense of how he plays as well for similar reasons as Curtis Lazar.
          Moving Forward
          "The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it."
          -Wayne Gretzky
          What we want to see in your next analysis:
          To be a player that gets to the junior and college levels and has success there are some key things that we need to work on in your game. First and foremost we need to address your skating ability. Right now your open ice stride is too short and choppy and in your agility movies and transitions you are too upright resulting in less stability and quickness. Next is the energy and tempo to your game. You again show glimpses of a willingness to compete but you are much too stationary of a player with too much cruising in your game.

          As those aspects improve the most important area to focus on will be to become a player that demands the puck on his stick, takes his time, sees the ice and essentially runs the play. There are several times in this game where you could have held onto the puck a breath longer and made a much more effective play versus throwing it to make a hope play. Strive to become the teammate where you're inmates are always looking for you because you want the puck on your stick so bad, you want to be the difference maker.
          Now that you've got a sense of what our scouting team thinks about your performance, let's jump on a call to discuss your performance in more details as well as hear our thoughts on building an action plan to improve.
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