Gianluca Curcuruto

Aaron Vickers

A strong skating two-way defenseman. Has a wide base skating stride that allows for a healthy amount of speed. His first few steps are solid as is his overall mobility and quick turning ability. Plays with solid positioning in his own zone as well as a good quick stick. Uses his body to separate the puck from his opposition along the walls. Possesses great vision and can really stretch the ice with his passing ability. Has a nice low, hard point shot but does not use it as much as he should. He reads the play in his own zone quickly and moves into proper position closing off gaps quickly. Makes some bad reads which have made him look bad this year and also did not seem as willing to jump into the play or carry the puck up ice as he did last season. This tentative game has caused him to not be as effective and to drop in most rankings. Seems to have lost his confidence but just regained a little bit of it back towards the end of the year. A draft wildcard. (May 2012)