Alan Lyszczarczyk

Aaron Vickers

Lyszczarczyk plays an explosive, high-speed game that has transitioned during his rookie OHL season. On a team struggling for offensive production, he has helped carry the load. His quick feet and soft hands make him a viable threat, and defenses play close attention to the shifty center when he’s on the ice. He can play both wing and center, but looks most comfortable when playing the wing, and is allowed to use his breakaway speed and offensive creativity. At center, he is responsible defensively, but is not strong enough in the faceoff circle. His skating is superb. Lyszczarczyk really catches your eye with his quick feet and shiftiness. His edge work is fantastic, and he accelerates very quickly, which can make him a nightmare for some OHL defenders. He tends to drive the puck wide, stop up at the hashmarks and look for plays to develop. If he would continue to use his speed and drive toward the net, you would see a real jump in his offensive production. He beats defenders, but can try to get too creative, looking to make the fancy pass instead of driving the play toward the net himself. His shot could use some work. Lyszczarczyk has a tendency to miss while always looking to pick corners. He engages physically, but is far from an imposing figure. His slight frame doesn’t scare the opposition, but he plays a solid two-way game and will get his nose dirty when need be.  (May 2016)