Dylan Wells

Aaron Vickers

Wells is an intermediate-sized goalie who moves fluidly in the crease. He is a kid who has had an up and down season so far. He tracks the puck very well, something that is enhanced with his excellent positioning and his ability to follow and anticipate the play in front of him. Wells is very calm and does not show any signs of panic or distress, even when facing heavy traffic. He looks poised and confident on every save. Wells gets square to the shot rather quickly and cuts the area of the net that the shooter sees. He displays quick flexibility to get stretched out to make a save, also showing how he gets his legs stretched to the post to close the space on the ice and down low. He plays well in the butterfly and looks good hopping up and down quickly. Strong lateral movements up and down allow him to make saves that he wouldn’t otherwise be able to. Wells’ glove appears to be positioned down and in, not covering much of the net and forcing him to pull it up and out to get it ready to make the save; it’s something he will need to correct. With that said, he has made some good, surprising, flashy glove saves this season. He uses his blocker and stick well to deflect pucks to the corner, showing good reflexes to do so. While he has been hit or miss on his performance as the backup with the Petes this season, he did play well for Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament last August and also again during his time at the CHL Top Prospects Game.   (May 2016)