Jesse Lees

Aaron Vickers

Lees is a solid puck moving blueliner, displaying smooth, agile quick feet. He can move laterally effortless; maintain control of his skates, and good edgework. A very impressive offensive toolset, but while he’s not terrible defensive, isn’t a consistent presence on the back end. He is mobile with the puck through the neutral zone and is great controlling the puck in the offensive zone, especially on the power play. He has a good natural feel and poise with the puck, good vision and playmaking abilities. He makes a strong pass, is con dent when making plays. He’s not overly creative, but can see the open lanes quickly. He has a good wrist shot for his size and strength that he can wire top corner or slapper that he gets on the pad of the stopper creating a rebound. Lees doesn’t have the physicality nor the strength to cause opponents problem. He is easily pushed off the puck in corners. Needs to add 15 or 20 pounds of muscle to improve his defensive abilities. He lacks jump in his game, but is poised and calm. While that ease in his game is something that is good when controlling the puck, it would be nice to see some jump if he wants to start opening up plays and creating opportunities instead of taking what the oppositions defense gives him. (May 2013)