Jonathan Leman

Aaron Vickers

Leman is likely one of the most defensively responsible defensemen coming out of Sweden
for this draft. While he was more offensive-minded a couple years back, he transformed his
game due to playing with other offensive-minded partners and he figured someone needed to
stay home and protect his own zone. A staple on the PK, he is quite mobile but hasn’t got that
explosive first step. His top speed when skating back is pretty good. He is strong and not afraid
of physical play, but doesn’t really go out of his way to punish people. Solid positional play and
is hard to beat one-on-one. Goes in hard in many situations and often wins puck battles quickly.
He has good instincts, both offensively and defensively, and is rarely–if ever–out of position. He
contributes offensively, but little of what he does stands out as special. He seems to choose the
safest option, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially for a defenseman. Possesses an
accurate wrist shot, but not the most powerful around. He is patient and shows some decent
awareness, but not the best reaction time. Drives his man to the outside and will plaster him
into the wall if needed in an effort to keep him from slipping through. Reliable, steady and plays
safe, without mistakes.  (May 2015)