We have all heard of the triple threat position in basketball but at the coaching conference I just attended they talked about the hockey triple threat position. The Swedes call it "Lock and Load."
Mike Johnson gave a talk on skill development and said that when the player crosses the blueline he should be in the triple threat position with the puck at the side and not in front. From here you can pass, carry or shoot.
If you think of Gretzky he was always in the triple threat positon, Crosby the same. They face the play and instead of skating straight ahead down a wing where you only see 90 degrees over your shoulder you instead turn facing the play and have all 3 options.
Last night I had a 60 minute session with a pro player who spends time in the Eastern and American leagues and we worked on facing the play and doing most things on the forehand. It isn't natural for most players but it makes a huge difference in the options available to them with the benefit of 3 options instead of 1 or 2 and the ability to see 270 degrees instead of 90.