Curves of NHL Players No. 1 Ovechkin Curve The Ovechkin Curve (previously Bauer's well-known P92 curve) has been renamed a P88 curve. This classic mid-curve blade, 2 Stamkos Curve (PM9), 3 Crosby Curve (P29), and 4 McDavid Curve, is a terrific all-around blade.
The Ovechkin Curve was first introduced in 1992 and remained popular through at least 2015 when it was replaced by the Triple Threat. The name comes from the fact that it resembles the stick handling ability of Russian player Alex Ovechkin. He is known for his quick hands and effective use of the backhand shot.
The curve was originally called the "Ovi-Choke" because it made it easier to shoot the puck while standing still. The reason most players now choose a straight blade is because they want as much speed as possible when shooting. Shooting first and thinking later isn't going to get you very far in hockey!
In addition to being easy to handle, the Ovi-Choke is also lightweight and has good rebound. These are all important factors for a player who likes to fight for pucks along the boards or in tight games. The curve also has an attractive look which makes it popular not only with offensive players but also with defensemen looking for a new stick.
There are two main types of blades: flat and curved.
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Fedorov/Savard. This is a very tiny curvature, the smallest that Warrior has to offer. It has a round toe and is somewhat open. Benefits: This curve is ideal for passing. Because of its vast flat area, it is especially useful for deflections (tipping) and backhand strokes.
Mid-curves are a compromise between the two. Because the majority of the curvature is in the centre of the blade, these blade designs are excellent for stickhandlers, passers, and accuracy on all sorts of strokes, including backhand shots. All hockey stick curves have a certain amount of loft to them.
A large open spoon curve, a combination of heel and toe, originates at the heel and gradually expands up along the blade. It's the pinnacle of the one-timer and wrist shot curve. This curve is ideal for big shooters and those who want a reliable curve to move the puck upstairs swiftly. The term "Ovechkin stick" has been coined for such a powerful shooter whose shots can score even from outside the area where the ice is painted.
Ovechkin uses a Wilson hockey stick made in Canada. The model of the stick he uses is the Big Stick Pro, which is available in four sizes from X-Small to XX-Large. He usually buys his sticks new with the red and white color scheme but also uses others that have been customized by other manufacturers or players. For example, Evgeni Malkin (one of Ovechkin's teammates) used to use Malkin gear before signing with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2006. He then switched to using black and gold sticks after seeing how popular they were with Peter Laviolette, who was then the coach of the Atlanta Thrashers team that Malkin played for. Ovi now uses a pair of custom-made sticks from Bauer Hockey.
The Big Stick Pro is designed for high volume shot producers who need a tool that can handle their workload. It has a thick shaft and a wide blade that is optimized for shooting not only one-timers but also wrist shots as well.