Branden Troock

Aaron Vickers

A strong and physical, hard working power forward. Is a very balanced and powerful skater. Does not have great acceleration but possesses decent top end speed, impressive agility and turning ability for his size. Physically he is very strong and plays to his strengths by running people over and winning most board battles. Does not have any skill that blows you away but instead can do it all well and has very intriguing pro-potential. Both a good passer and has nice shooting ability with a heavy wrist shot. Generates most of his offensive zone chances by patrolling the slot or outmuscling the defenders on the forecheck. Shows great patience with the puck and can carry it up ice on the rush. Understands the defensive side of the game; has good awareness and covers for teammates where needed. Uses his body to close off lanes on the PK and is will to block shots. After missing a year because of chronic headaches and neck pain, he was extra determined this year and it showed on the ice though his play. Despite his solid year’s work there are still some concerns with his health going forward. (May 2012)