Daniel Kurovsky

Aaron Vickers

Kurovsky is a smooth-skating forward who plays an effective shutdown role, but also possesses some grit and offensive upside. He has a high motor, and always seems to be evaluating the play at a high level. Positioning and anticipation may be his strongest assets. Defensively, he is always in a good spot, putting himself in opponents’ passing lanes and being effective closing off his competition along the boards. Kurovsky battles hard and works the puck around down low with ease. He makes good use of his stick, and his ability to turn quickly and transition make him a very viable option on the forecheck. Sometimes, he tries to do too much and can get himself into trouble. Kurovsky protects the puck well alongside the boards and behind the net. He positions himself in front of the net to screen point shots. Kurovsky sacrifices his body in the defensive zone to block shots. His shot could stand to improve and his hands too as they are not overly creative or skilled; his acceleration also needs to improve as, against more mobile and faster players, he struggles to keep up. Overall, he is big and athletic, and creates offense off the rush. Kurovsky will probably have more upside than the guys drafted around him.   (May 2016)