As for the blades I can help with two of them. I've used both the P39 and P31 blades. Both are fine but it depends on your style of play. For the P39 (heel closed) this kind of blade it more flat to the shooter and will leave the puck in front of you so you can cover up the rebound. Straight forward and simple stick.
With the P31 (mid open), this blade is a bit more FUN but can get you in trouble if your careless and not familiar with how the puck will behave. The P31 has the blade tilted BACK so the puck it looking to go UP when it hits the blade. It's nice when you butterfly . . . hits the stick and then goes into your chest or over the net but if you get stuck "reaching" to your left or right or way out in front of you . . . it's possible to roof it into your own net. Hardly ever happens but yeah, it does if you really have to reach out there. Poke checks suffer because of this too. I DO like the P31 because you can easily take a shot from the circles and PUT the puck into the opposite corners OVER the glass. No better feeling than doing that and NO rebounds. But again, it take some practice and good timing do this. I've tried it with the P39 and it just doesn't happen. The P39 keeps the puck in front of you for better puck control.
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answered 1 month, 3 weeks ago
- Forest Hills, NY
The differences are in the blade patterns. Please consult the pattern chart image to see what each pattern looks like.