Dryden Hunt

Aaron Vickers

A solid two-way guy who has turned some heads this season. He’s a strong skater with good edges and power. While he does have good top speed and the ability to play at top speed, his acceleration needs to be cleaned up. His footwork isn’t quite at an above average level as he points his toes outwards and just doesn’t possess a ton of jam out of the gate. It’s not a glaring concern or weakness, just something that needs to be tuned up a bit. He works hard, leads by example and plays in all situations. He has an extremely good shot with a quick release. He passes the puck well, finds open space and has good hockey sense. His hands are strong yet soft. He proves a few times each game that he can handle a tough pass. He also has some edge to his game, using his big body to throw a number of good strong hits each game. He also uses his big frame well in the corners, really excelling in 50/50 battles and puck protection. Offensively he has value as both a guy who can contribute on the rush while also being a guy who will t in well when a team is looking to cycle the puck. He saw a regular shift on the penalty kill and the power play this season. He is a guy that does plenty of little things well and continues to put up points after dealing with some injury issues earlier in his junior career. (May 2015)