Ben Thomas

Aaron Vickers

A big, two-way defenseman with solid upside. Played like a man among boys some nights. Shows off some impressive skating abilities. Very quick feet and has absolutely no problem transitioning from one direction to another. Agility is particularly noticeable as he makes some excellent swing steps and quick moves to deceive oncoming fore- checkers. Very good puck-handling skills, allowing him to manage the puck at the point in the offensive zone. Reliable, but not overly impressive and skilled at getting the puck up ice. We like how he quickly gets the puck off his stick and doesn’t over-handle it. Prone to the occasional turnover. Decent in the defensive zone overall. Makes solid reads that allow him to stymie op- posing threats, but also overcommits, leaving him out of position at times. Was not as physical we would like given his solid frame, but he does lay the occasional hit and is strong on the boards. Doesn’t have amazing hockey sense out there, but is reliable and for the most part, doesn’t try to do too much. See’s the ice well and executes his passes. Does a good job of ring quick wrist shots through traffic on the power play. (May 2014)