Excellent puck protection drill for all levels. P1 pivots backwards, exchanges one-touch passes with P2, steps up, exchanges more one-touch passes with P2, pivots to the wall and receives the last pass then drives to the net. P3 waits in the middle of the ice then angles across on P1 to make physical contact with him. P1 must absorb contact while protecting the puck then drive to the net. P1 then becomes the next checker.
At the moment of contact, P1 should release the puck into a quiet area just ahead of him, initiate contact with a checker to absorb the check, then pick the puck back up again. Checkers start with light contact then as players gain confidence and improve their technique, increase the pressure.