The center mid has to be hunting the puck all over the ice in the offensive zone. They should always be supporting and working with the forward to create a turnover to get possession of the puck
Do you ever question why hockey is played with 3 forwards and 2 defenseman? Is that the optimal line-up for every team? Other sports seem to have more variations in their formations so maybe the typical 3 forwards and 2 defense is not the optimal formation for all teams. For example, soccer uses all sorts of formations depending on the strength of your team, the strength of the other team, or a certain coaching philosophy. In hockey, regardless these variables we always seem to play with the traditional 3 forwards and 2 defense. The system described, diagramed, and animated below breaks this traditional mold and uses 1 forward, 3 middles, and 1 defenseman.
This system will allow your team to outnumber opponents low in the defensive zone and be extremely aggressive in the offensive zone.