John Dahlstrom

Aaron Vickers

Dahlstrom is a hard working two-way forward who makes an impact all over the ice. Just a good all-round hockey player who competes in all three zones. He is a decent skater but not a real burner. He is hard to knock off the puck or out of position around the crease. He is more of a scorer than natural passer, but makes simple and accurate dishes off his blade. Not a slick puck handler either, he is best when he has a puck transporter on his line. But he’s got good hockey sense and has a knack for finding himself in scoring positions. And he’s got good work ethic. Nice, hard, accurate wrist shot and seems focused when in scoring positions, not showing any panic. Likes to play physical, very good at obstructing the goalie at the doorstep, looking for a rebound or deflection and knows how to throw a big hit. He seems quite strong and balanced. He isn’t overly aggressive, but is not afraid to go into the corners and he is highly effective at battling for pucks along the wall; his balance and core strength makes checkers bounce off him when they try to engage. His ability to sneak by defenders with the puck is fun to watch. Defensively, he works hard and back checks hard. He is often in the right position defensively, showing good defensive sense; although, maybe not yet as developed as his offensive instincts. Does not really have any one physical trait that stands out. What might have him making the big show is his above average scoring touch, instincts and overall hockey sense. (May 2015)