Austin Watson

Aaron Vickers

A dominating two-way player who will ll any role the team needs him to play. Has the drive and work ethic to be a shut down defensive forward and the offensive skills to be a top line offensive forward. His size at six-foot-three and skating ability aid in his defensive prowess and his willingness to drop down and block a shot is second to none in the draft class. Is smart and anticipates well what the offensive player will do which allows him to close down lanes and disrupt the attack. Strong forchecker who battles for every inch of ice. Can handle the puck and has absolutely no fear of physical repercussions when going into dirty areas. Skating wise he has a long fluid stride that generates good speed and nice agility. Is more of a finisher than a playmaker with a good hard shot and willingness to drive the net. Plays a high energy game. A coaches favorite because of his willingness to do whatever is asked of him. Vision and creativity on the ice is not one of his strengths and might hold him back from taking his offensive game to the next level. Has loads of raw potential but needs to start performing on a consistent basis offensively or risk being type cast as a defensive specialist. (May 2010)