If you were tuning into the Detroit/Calgary match-up on 3/13/13 you would have seen Mikael Backlund attempt “The Swedish Drag” on a penalty shot.
Many call this deke “The Forsberg” simply because Forsberg did it more than once in his career and nobody ever knew of any other players that attempted it before his time.
Truth is, this deke invented by the Swedes, “The Swedish Drag” has been around for quite some time now. Yes, even before Forsberg’s time.
This deke is a unique one and can be very effective is used on the right goaltender. Mikael Backlund who is Swedish attempted “The Swedish Drag” on a fellow Swede, Jonas Gustavsson who is 6’3″…..he pretty much has very long legs.
I have two problems with this attempt.
1: It was against a fellow Swede. Considering it’s a famous deke invented by the Swedes, one would have to think that Gustavsson isn’t going to fall for his hometown deke coming from a fellow Swede like Backlund
2: This move does not work on big goaltenders like Gustavsson, their legs are simply just too long. Maybe on Johan Hedberg you would get better success, being he’s 6’0″ Or even a goalie who is 6’2″. Sure it’s just one inch, but I bet that one inch goes a long way in terms of this deke.
Many people around the NHL don’t call it the Swedish Drag, not sure why but I’m completely pucking baffled by this. And after trying to Google the real name for this deke, I came up with nothing. Which is why I’m writing this post.
I heard this term back when I was just a young boy learning the game of hockey. Although I had many failed Swedish Drag attempts in my life, I still find this deke fascinating and very effective if used correctly. Even Anze Kopitar who is Slovenian, attempted the Swedish Drag and converted it perfectly.
In my opinion if you’re looking to attempt this deke on your friends, get a long stick. If I had a dollar for every time I heard my wife tell me this. No seriously, add 3-4 inches to your current HOCKEY stick and you should be able to pull this move off without any problems. Especially if you’re a short-er guy…or woman.
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