Brady Vail

Aaron Vickers

An intelligent, strong two-way forward with budding offensive skills. His skating stride is a bit choppy, but he still can get where he needs to go. His improving first step acceleration helps him stay with quicker opponents. He is very responsible defensively and can play the body and cycle the puck, but he isn’t overly physical. He’s good at getting into passing lanes in all three zones and playing very intelligent without the puck. He is solid down low and along the boards and is always willing to engage in battles for the puck. Offensively, he possesses good vision with the puck and a nice snap shot. He can make a strong cross-zone pass and accept one while in full flight as well. He’s confident with the puck on his stick but does not have the puck skills that some other draftees possess. Even with his solid progression this season, scouts still have nagging questions regarding his long-term offensive upside. (May 2012)