Brett Pollock

Aaron Vickers

Pollock is a big forward who does everything pretty well, but nothing elite. He is an average skater with short strides, but that doesn’t seem to stop him from getting to his offensive position. Can get a little behind the play when he is pinned down low, and currently does not have the speed to catch up and cover his defensive responsibility. His hands are very good and he has no problem whatsoever handling the puck in the cycle or on the rush. Pollock has a good frame that he uses to shield the puck and make room. Has a good shot that makes him dangerous around the net. Started to become more physical in the corners, dishing out hits fairly frequently toward the end of the season. Made some good plays with the puck, often preferring to keep things simple with short, simple give-and-go passes. Can get caught looking for options a bit too long and at times, struggles to make quick decisions. He has the ingredients to become a very powerful force over the next season or two, but needs to add more physical bite. (May 2014)