Eric Locke

Aaron Vickers

Locke is a smaller, but highly skilled centre. He skates well, always keep- ing his feet in motion. He makes sharp cuts and turns to lose checkers, possesses quick lateral agility as well. He’s not the biggest player so he can get knocked off the puck rather easily by larger defenders. He has very skilled hands as he can control the puck, make some impressive dekes and dangles to get around opponents. He also holds a very good shot that is both hard and accurate. He started using his strength and frame to compliment his skill this season which has had a very good effect on his game and production. He thinks the game well and seemingly always has a way out planned in his head. His work ethic really improved this season at both ends. Instinctively, he gets to the correct spots in the offensive zone to generate a scoring chance. Confidence played a large part in his offensive consistency this season in Saginaw. After jumping around the OHL for a few years, Locke finally landed in an environment and situation that was ideal for him. His game has matured well and he has been able to take on a leadership role on a young Spirit squad. May end up a better winger than centre at the next level. (May 2013)