Daniel Bernhardt

Aaron Vickers

This big, skilled winger creates a lot of offense by entering the offensive zone with good
speed and protecting the puck with his long reach. He keeps the puck away from the defenders
with pretty skilled hands and a decent wrist shot. Good top speed but just average acceleration.
He is quite shifty and can change directions pretty quickly, often throwing off defenders.
He is not a physically punishing player, but is pretty strong on his feet in regards to fending off
defenders along the wall. He is no softie, but it would be nice to see him bring more bite and
be able to use his impressive frame more effectively. Average defensive player, but has shown
improved hustling and back checking from last season’s many lackadaisical efforts. If you like
puck possession hockey, Daniel is a very good fit. He needs to improve his slapshot and his first
step, which isn’t horrible but not really an asset either. Top speed is good though. And adding
some more pounds to that six-foot-three frame wouldn’t hurt. More of a skilled playmaker with
his vision and creativity than a finisher, but he can do both.  (May 2015)