Curve: Hamerlik (Madano)
Description: This is a very slight curve, the smallest offered by Reebok. It is closed, with a round toe.
Advantages: This curve is excellent for passing. It is also good for deflections (tipping) and backhand shots due to its large flat area. The slight curve also makes it good for catching and giving passes on the backhand.
Drawbacks: This curve makes it more difficult to raise the puck from in close near the net. Most players also prefer a bigger curve than this for shooting. In addition, controlling the puck is harder with the Hamerlik because it really does not cup the puck at all.
Similar Curves: Easton Forsberg/Zetterberg (old Madano), Warrior Fedorov/Savard, Bauer PM9, CCM Steen, Mission Boyes/Elias, TPS Tkackuk, Sherwood Bouchard (underlined curves are most similar)Bottom Line: This is the playmakers' curve. If passing and feeding is your game, go with the Hamerlik .
Description: This is a big mid curve with a open face.
Advantages: This is the stickhandling curve. Toe drags, dekes, and straight up dangling will be easier with the Datsyuk, because you can cup the puck better. The Datsyuk is also great for snap shots because of the deep mid curve. The open face also makes it easier to raise the puck when you are in tight close to the net. Lastly, this curve is great for saucer passes.
Drawbacks: The deep curve and open face makes backhand passing and shooting difficult.
Similar Curves: Bauer P92, Warrior Draper, Easton Sakic, CCM Lecavlier, Mission Rafalski, TPS Nash, Sherwood Stastny/Crosby/P6087 (underlined curves are most similar)
Bottom Line: If stickhandling and quick snap shots are what you're looking for, the Sakic is for you.