Blake Speers

Darren Walker

Speers is at his best when he plays a simple two-way game. He is a nifty skater with strong
levels of speed and excellent first step acceleration. He has a nose for the net and a strong
finishing ability despite being more in a playmaker mindset. He is as effective in his own zone
as he is with the puck in the offensive zone. Speers possesses an excellent shot and release
that finds its way through traffic. His combination of speed and slick puck handling ability make
him a force on the breakout. Speers also has the ability to take and win face-offs for his team
in all key situations. A natural center, but was switched to the wing due to the Hounds depth at
center this season, and Speers has adjusted beautifully. Slick in possession with a wide array
of deceptive and jaw-dropping dekes. He is hard and fast in transition. Speers also possesses
the intangibles that make pro aspirations a strong possibility. He leads by example, works hard
to make plays and is willing to do whatever it takes to help his team win. He can kill penalties,
quarterback the powerplay or lead the rush. Can get a little too fancy at times and over handle
the puck. Does not contribute much in the way of physical play.  (May 2015)