Understanding Takeaways and Giveaways and The Battle Camp

Takeaways and Giveaways are now an important stat in the NHL. Growth Mindset on Takeaways and Giveaways and understanding the importance of the hustle

The NHL’s top giveaway/takeaway leaders

Stats from 2018/2019 to today.

Player name / Games played Takeaways

  1. Mark Stone – 142 GP 200
  2. Jaccob Slavin – 150 GP 167
  3. Ryan O’Reilly – 153 GP 163
  4. Connor McDavid – 142 GP 152
  5. Sebastian Aho – 150 GP 152
  6. Aleksander Barkov – 148 GP 151
  7. Mitchell Marner – 141 GP 142
  8. Mikael Backlund – 147 GP 142
  9. Shea Theodore – 150 GP 137
  10. Brent Burns – 152 GP 137

Player name / Games played Giveaways

  1. Mathew Barzal – 150 GP 220
  2. Jeff Petry – 153 GP 217
  3. Leon Draisaitl – 153 GP 207
  4. Aaron Ekblad – 149 GP 196
  5. Johnny Gaudreau – 152 GP 195
  6. Brent Burns – 152 GP 194
  7. Mike Matheson – 134 GP 189
  8. Drew Doughty – 149 GP 187
  9. Dylan Larkin – 147 GP 181
  10. David Pastrnak – 136 GP 178

  • Takeaways and Giveaways are Turnovers, not an easy metric to calibrate.
  • Our signature and trademarked Battle Camp curriculum is a building block youth development plan encompassing much of training to takeaway and not to giveaway.
  • The two hour morning on ice session is all skill development.
  • The two hour on ice afternoon session is when skills are applied to game situational battles. After each battle is won or lost a second puck is introduced for a rebound/second battle equaling lots of touches, repetition, muscle and mind memory to go back in for the second battle or rebound.
  • Giveaways are interceptions that happen in various ways(for examples):while skating, or while getting checked into the boards and getting the puck stripped or a missed shot and intercepted on the rebound from the D.
  • Takeaways take a lot of hustle and back checking…this is what we work on.
  • All positive reinforcement…losing battles at the beginning of the week, and making sure everyone is winning their battles by the end of the week. We coach with unbiased eyes…Camp is the time to go out of your comfort zone, get burned, learn, learn, learn, try it.
  •  Hockey is a game of mistakes and alternating puck possession of takeaways and giveaways.  Remember that Takeaways are part of the game and the best players in the world have takeaways.
  • It is obvious to coaches that the players with the best conditioning and engines are rabid for the takeaway and don’t run out of gas. Conditioning takes no skill, that is all effort. All hockey players can control their conditioning which will translate to better play on the ice.
  • Proper strength and conditioning methods at camp are from Brian McDonough’s EPS Edge Performance Systems
  •  www.edgeperformancesystems.com (link below)
  • AAA BU on location one more summer due to covid: Atlanta-Lake Tahoe-and three locations in MA ( Hingham/Canton/Bourne (Cape Cod) all camps sponsored by Gatorade/Sparx, Gatorade G Awards, Sport Psychologist or Navy Seal lecture, NHL Analyst Billy Jaffe at MA locations for lecture on positioning focusing on Takeways and Giveaways, Chicago Blackhawks Skills Coach Kevin Delany at Bourne MA and Hingham MA. Full Day Camps with limited spots.
  • Please Email us with questions info@proambitions.com
  • www.proambitions.com






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