Brett Connolly

Aaron Vickers

Skates well with good all-encompassing mobility and decent top end speed. Handles the puck well at a high rate of speed and through traffic. Has very impressive vision and hockey sense that can not be taught. Competes and has a high work rate which leads to his impressive leadership characteristics. Makes his team around him better and uses his vision and nice playmaking ability to reward his linemates with setting them up in positions to succeed. Plays a defensively responsible game where he comes back, backchecking the rush and supporting his defense. Skill is extremely high but it is all the other intangibles that he brings that make him a potential NHL all-star. Is as complete a player as available in the draft. (May 2010)