Credit to Jack Han for the framework.
1v0: Go to the net
You need to be sharp at identifying & attacking these opportunities, as they come rarely and go by quickly.
DRILL: 1 v 1 Quick Strike. Two players start at blue line on opposite sides of the ice. Puck is alternately dumped to one corner. Player on that side attacks the puck and immediately drives the net to score. Player on the other side is defending, but can’t leave the blue line until the other player touches the puck.
1v1: Find the help
Look around and see where your teammates are. Not only does it create doubt inside the defender’s mind, but you may also find that there’s a better play to be made via the pass.
DRILL: 1 v 1 Quick Strike + 1 Attacker. Same drill, but the defending player can start right away (or with a slight delay only) and the coach may release another attacking player at any time. SHOUT assistance. Position before possession.
1v2: Delay, turn, slip
Keep the puck out of the defenders’ reach, change speed/direction, then move the puck out of the pile for an offensive advantage.
DRILL: 1 v 1 Quick Strike + 1 Defender. Same drill, but the coach may vary the delay time of the first defender and release another defending player at any time.
2v1: Dual threat
Will you pass or shoot? Keep both options on the table and you’ll be effective.
DRILL: 2 v 1 Quick Strike. Introduce a SWITCH call. Switch sides of the ice with a rim.
2v2: Skate between checks
Split the Ds and turn a 2v2 into a 2v1.
DRILL: 2 v 2 Quick Strike.
2v3: Find a 1v2
Delay and prod the defense. A 2v3 on the puck implies a 3v2 advantage away from the puck.
3v2: Find a 2v1
You’ll need to attack with urgency while scanning the ice to identify the mismatch.