Adam Pelech

Aaron Vickers

A big, strong not flashy defensive minded defender. What you see is what you get with him. Skates well for his size but does not have much better than average speed at this point. His mobility is fine although he needs to maintain strong positioning against the faster attackers who try to beat him around the outside. Is most effective at playing a smart, intelligent game using his size and reach to keep the puck to the outside. Willing to play physical especially around his net but also engaging in board battles for loose pucks. Although he has the ability and is willing to skate the puck out of his zone and up ice he is best as a complementary option for a more comfortable puck rushing blueliner. He struggles a bit with the offensive side of his game, making strong decisions with the puck in the neutral and offensive zones. Has solid distribution skills as he sees the ice well and can hit a teammate consistently with a breakout pass. Was out of the line-up for much of the year in Erie with injury but really impressed with his showings at the IIHF U18 Championships this April in the Czech Republic. (May 2012)