Giorgio Estephan

Aaron Vickers

Estephan is a projectable two-way contributor with some undervalued offensive touch. He has a very wide base when he skates, which seems to stop him from generating a ton of power from his edges. His speed is OK once he gets going, but his foot speed isn’t great out of the gate. He has soft hands and can both give and receive a pass well. He shows off a great shot, utilizing a quick release and finding soft spots in coverage where he is able to wire a one-timer or quick snap shot. He also shows some nice dekes, utilizing head fakes and quick hands. He is good at playing the keep away game, crafty with the puck on his forehand and back hand while shielding away opponents with a wide based stance. He isn’t a show boat with the puck on his stick, but he has great hand/eye coordination, which benefits his offensive and defensive game. He handles the puck well, having little issue controlling on the y or in tight quarters. Defensively, he has a knack for following the play well, and often jumping in to intercept a play or battle for a vulnerable puck. He is seasoned at picking his spots and providing a tenacious presence that is relentless in puck battles. He doesn’t have much in the way of strength on his frame, but tries to play a physical game and takes the body consistently. He provides good support on the puck, wears a letter and is a good role model on the ice for his teammates. The problem is: none of his skill is of the above average variety and his offensive upside is limited. (May 2015)