Brandon Hickey

Aaron Vickers

A good two-way defenseman with great skating skills. His best asset is his skating. Very good combination of speed, agility and power. His edge work is just average as his blades seem to slide a bit when he transitions and changes directions. Plays a very offensive style and is very active in the offensive zone. His skating allows him to engage offensively. Loves to shoot the puck. Has a very good slap shot, but needs to be more patient with the puck in general. Every time he gets the puck at the point, he rips it on net. He never seems to survey the play and see if dishing it off to a teammate is the better play. He is solid with his outlets, but again, we would like to see him hold on to the puck a bit more and draw his opponents in before he makes that pass. Does a good job of getting the puck up ice. He is solid defensively, remaining in position, but he never shows a true physical presence. Plays with solid position in his own zone and makes decent reads. He is a steady guy who gets the job done and involves himself at both ends of the ice. (May 2014)