Player Breakdown:
Jake Cochran
Forward
#13 Palm Beach Hawks
Game Info
September 26th, 2019
LA Junior Kings vs Mid-Fairfield Rangers

Mid-Fairfield Rangers
LA Junior Kings
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 a solid foundation in forward skating technique with ability to generate speed from knee bend and good potential shown in edgework agility
  • Plays responsibly without the puck and has a good active stick
  • Gets in on the forecheck with intensity , has a good motor on most of his shifts
  • Does look to want to finish his checks and be involved physically if the play is there to take the body
  • Moved the puck to teammates at the right times when running out of time and space
  • In most situations doesn't look overwhelmed with puck, showing hockey sense and ability to process plays
Example Timestamps of Film Footage in Reference to Strengths:
  • 38:25 – 39:12: On this shift you competed well along the wall at the defensive blueline. You engaged and made sure there was control of the puck to get it out. Also later in the shift , you made a nice stand still touch pass at the offensive blueline to your best option. You had very limited room but recognized and made the simple play to linemate.
  • 56:40 – 58:13: You showed good net presence and acted as a solid bumper option. Could also see from this shift your willingness to compete and battle on the powerplay.
  • 1:08:35 – 1:10:11: On this penalty kill , you show quick lateral feet and solid positioning by staying in the lanes with a good active stick.
  • 1:33:10 – 1:34:15: On this penalty kill, you showed great positioning again with an upped intensity chasing down pucks.
Referenced Game Film We Reviewed
Areas of Improvement:
  • Quicker feet must be developed in transition to get to loose pucks on the forecheck
  • Must program feet to move with purpose when the puck is on your stick to get to open space, take the ice and carry pucks when it is there
  • Needs to develop more intensity and hunger to battle and fight for the puck to be on stick, doesn't handle the puck enough
  • Isn't noticed enough with the puck, and needs to become a player who demands the puck on his stick. Needs to get a bit more selfish at times to want the puck and make plays with it
  • Needs to develop ability to protect the puck better using body and positioning to create gap
  • Does play with good energy , but needs to work smarter and more efficient with and without the puck
  • Be more aware off the rush without the puck , tends to be too close to teammates to be an option
  • Push yourself to be more creative with the puck in the offensive end, hang onto it longer, push the game to become an impact player
Example Timestamps of Film Footage in Reference to Areas of Improvement:
  • 27:50 – 28:52: You are doing too much in a straight line skating with the puck off the rush, more deception is needed going up against the defender. When the defenseman made first contact with you behind the net, you didn't have that jump factor to continue with the puck. Then you made an unnecessary turnover trying to move the puck to the point without a strong intent.
  • 44:05 – 45:31: On this shift your motor is going but there is too much skating for not enough accomplished. Try to slow things down, process and think to be in a better position , managing energy effectively. Your teammate on left defense looked at you in transition as an option but he saw it might be intercepted because you were too far up ice to be an outlet option.
  • 44:05 – 45:31: Off the rush on this play you are coming too close to the puck carrier just inside the blueline. Read the play and recognize open space sliding to the outside. Communicate through positioning and verbals that you want the puck on your stick, your teammates need to know. On this play you could have possibly opened up for a one timer option. Think of yourself as a dangerous player and believe in your abilities.
  • 1:03:10 – 1:04:02: Jackson, here you slid over to support the puck carrier at the offensive blueline. This is an example of you coming too close to the puck carrier, actually taking away his space. Great job wanting the puck on your stick and the speed of the play but start to think about separation between you and your teammates. Make it easy for your teammate here by trailing behind him to the outside as a drop or quick slide over option.
  • 1:39:50 – 1:41:05: Here you had the puck on the boards and there was a simple play to be made back to the point which you didn't make, you need to be able to read and process what is given to you. Start with this type of simple puck movement and thinking in a game to keep plays alive and as you gain more confidence and momentum throughout the game you can start being more creative to create offense
Referenced Game Film We Reviewed
General Comments
Jackson, in this game you demonstrate your solid foundation of skating ability and technique. There were certain times in this game where your capacity to think and process the game were put on display by making the quick simple correct play. You also showed glimpses of a strong willingness to compete to be a standout player, especially without the puck.

What we did not see enough of was your ability to create offense with the puck on your stick. To become a player that can offensively be a difference maker, you need to start seeing the play run through you. Start thinking of yourself as the quarterback of the play, have a deep desire to have the puck on your stick. Learn to play with your linemates and go to open ice allowing your teammates to find you.

To be a top line player at the next level you must become more dangerous with the puck on your stick showing a desire to stand out so you don't just blend in with your other teammates. With energy and work ethic you need to create more productivity and chances in the offensive end. It's up to you to develop the offensive game with that good athleticism that you were born with. Understand what you can do with your skating skills and combine that with handling the puck.

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
Daniel Sprong
Daniel Sprong has a dynamic skating ability and possesses an elite level skillset, still trying to figure out his game, works at times but not always with purpose. He is also defensively responsible and a hard working player.
Player Comparison #2
Bryan Rust
Bryan Rust has great speed and agility and is forceful on the forecheck, responsible player that has now developed into an offensive force
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:
Jackson, what we would like to see for the next assessment is some improvement to your skating explosiveness and quickness. Your game needs that ability to get to loose pucks quicker and be able to create separation in tight areas to turn as escape pressure. This in turn will help your confidence to have the puck on your stick longer to skate with the puck, becoming a key creator of offense. Right now you are too generic of a player, you need to stand out more to be able to excel at the next level.

For the next set of games, when the puck is on your stick you will skate with a strong purpose to move the play up ice. We would need to see more games, but the initial feeling is that you have a lot more offense to give. We really want to challenge you to handle the puck more, create offence using your feet, see the ice and take more. Again, really start envisioning yourself as a quarterback of the play, having the puck run through you, even demanding the puck at times. The best players at the junior level all expect to get the puck and want the puck on their stick to be difference makers.

A Few Things You Can Do To Improve
1
Do a lot of concentrated drills in tight area situations, zoning in on spinning off checks after retrieving pucks, thinking about your options before getting to pucks . Focus on handling the puck more, it's your puck, demand it and own it. Focus on being more deceptive in practice up against defenders and on goalies while shooting with a strong purpose to score.
2
Work on your shot power and accuracy over and over. I didn't see much of it used with purpose to score or create rebounds in any shots from this game.
3
Work on your positioning and communicate with your linemates for better chemistry without the puck. Go to open space to support off the rush or trail the puck carrier at times to become a better option.
4
Take pucks wide, drive the wing and the net if its there in practice, show deception in your skating, don't be predictable.
5
Power and explosiveness in your skating, develop better jump to generate speed and quicker feet. If you have access to a skating treadmill, it would benefit. Skate with the puck as much as possible, you need to create that connection of moving your feet with purpose when the puck is on your stick.
6
Having the drive and willingness to put the work in, you need to push that obsessive mental drive to get to that next level to become a dangerous player, you are on the cusp of getting to that next level.
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