Carl Dahlstrom

Aaron Vickers

Dahlstrom is a big, strong defensive stay-at-home type defenseman. He has strong skating skills with good speed for his size and excellent balance. He moves the puck well and with smart and easy solutions, but not a player skilled enough to bring much high-end offense. He makes strong passes and starts the breakout well from his own zone with strong passes. A big frame, good reach and solid skating makes him very tough to beat defensively. He plays calm and poised with the forecheck bearing down on him. He keeps his check to the outside. Outside his zone, Dahlstrom has a heavy point shot but needs to work on getting it on net more consistently when he get the opportunity. He plays with a controlled aggressiveness that allows him to use his size but does not get caught up in many post whistle skirmishes. He plays the body when defending, clears the crease and is physically overpowering in board battles. A bit of a project but one with very high upside. He missed out on a great opportunity showcasing himself after missing U18’s due to injury. (May 2013)