Alexei Marchenko

Aaron Vickers

An offensively skilled and defensively responsible two-way defender. Has good size and strength and is physically able to rub his checks out along the wall as well as he steps up to make a strong open ice check. Skates well and can generate good speed. Can skate the puck up the ice himself or make an accurate in-stride pass to one of his forwards. Defensively he plays a strong positional game using his stick and strong hockey sense. On the power play he uses his vision, passing ability and has a good point shot. Last season he was on FC’s radar but then went down with a serious injury that required surgery. Will need to add considerable strength but does have a mature enough game and could make the jump right to the AHL for the team willing to take a chance on selecting him this year. He has too many positives to ignore a second time around. (May 2011)