Gemel Smith

Aaron Vickers

A small but highly intense two-way forward. Skates really well with both explosive acceleration and a high-end top gear. Displays good footwork and overall mobility. Won the fastest skater at the CHL Top Prospects game this winter. Does not like being told he cannot do something but when he is told so, he just works harder than everyone else to prove himself. Is a smart positional player that has nice vision with the puck and plays with a high effort level. Strong with the puck on his stick and dangerous around the net as well as off the rush. Is competitive at both ends of the ice and tries his best to be a difference maker in all three zones. Wants to play the body but lacks the size and core strength to be effective against some bigger competitors. Not overly effective in board battles because of his size. Has a decent snap shot and wrister that jumps off his stick that he uses to generate offense with quick strikes off the rush. Has good intelligence, knowing where to be and what to do in different situations. Lack of size is a real question going forward. (May 2012)