Frankie Vatrano

Aaron Vickers

A hard working two-way forward. He possesses good first steps and solid overall speed. Laterally agile and quick, but he hops when he gets close to top speed; loses a little speed and power because of it. Gives out strong hits with a low center of gravity and plays with high energy, keeping his game simple. Has a good amount of bulk to his small height, which makes his hits quite punishing. Has a hard and accurate shot with a good release. He utilizes his shiftiness in his feet to create shooting lanes. His game is at its best when he uses his strength to bang around on the forecheck and plays solid positional defense in his own end. Reliable defensively but does not have high-end offensive potential, his impact relies mainly on his check- ing game; his ability to go in on the forecheck, dish out hit, battle for pucks and eat up some ice time. Can be a real bull to handle and once he gains even more strength will be a real strong defensive presence. (May 2012)