Kristian Reichel

Aaron Vickers

Reichel has breakaway speed combined with great hands and an offensive mindset. Always a threat every time he touches the puck, he is absolutely fierce on the forecheck, and risks body and positioning to get to loose pucks. Reichel isn’t afraid to get hit and welcomes contact; he has the ability to bounce off of the opposition. He can really catch defenders off guard with his nifty shoulder dip and cut outside, made possible by his quick feet, edge work and instincts. Reichel will make impressive plays anytime he is given room and the puck on his stick. He will shoot from anywhere as he loves to let the puck loose. His read is strong, as is his peripheral vision. He is effective on the penalty kill as he can control the puck to either waste or gain time at both ends of the ice. He has a good competiveness level, plays a two-way game and backchecks to help his defensemen out. He is also good in the faceoff dot and has a good awareness of the game. Reichel almost never engages in any sort of battle and seems to be uninterested in playing any sort of physical game. In order to become a better player, he has to avoid turnovers in his own zone while trying to do too much, improve his shooting and work on adding strength to improve his physical play. The son of former NHLer Robert Reichel, he is a prospect who has a boatfull of tools and who could potentially become a very interesting forward if he can improve his overall play.   (May 2016)