Jackson Houck

Darren Walker

Houck is an extremely hardworking, versatile forward that can play in any role and make an impact. His stride generates good speed but he does have some work to do to improve some heavy feet. He plays with 110 per cent effort — always finishes he checks — and is quite an agitating presence because of his determination. His hard work also results in scoring opportunities as he likes to battle in front of the net for loose pucks. He also likes to drive to the net and tries to finish off his chances with nonstop effort. Very effective along the boards as he keeps moving and works off defenders. He makes quick decisions and can battle in traffic to get the puck to teammates. Houck is a decent stick handler and passer; not overly skilled but thinks quickly and battles. He has a deceptive shot that can surprise; not overly powerful but very quick and can get the shot off no matter how; on his knees, falling down, or just in front of the net. He is a reliable presence defensively and covers his man well. He delivers hard hits and is willing to drop the gloves, leading by example and will do anything for his team. (May 2013)