Originally Posted by Orvis09
I probably poke check 2-3 times a game. Stick lifts included. It's ineffective other than slowing the play clock. Man on man defense is unstoppable. It's easier to put a man in front of the puck than it is to flail around poke checking and get penalties.
See I disagree. I'll poke check all the time when the opposing team has the puck at the points, and I'll get 4-5 break aways a game because of it.
It doesn't slow the game down for me at all. I'm either poke checking towards the goal I'm shooting at, or poke checking the puck to the wall if a guy is close to having me beat or is just skating beside me.
Like I said, if there's a player with the puck coming down beside me, I'm not just going to skate with him and hope I can knock him off the puck. Often poke checking is your best option for positive turnover ratios.
I use it all the time and it works for me probably 80+% of the time.