Julien Pelletier

Darren Walker

Pelletier is a skill player who handles the puck extremely well. He is an average skater speed wise. Not a lot of power currently in his stride and his first few steps are not strong, but in a straight line, he generates decent speed. He is very quick and agile though – a slippery type of skater like Drouin. Strong on his edges. His balance isn’t tested too often because of his agility. Pelletier has very nice puck skills – he can make skilled touch plays in traffic and makes it look easy. He can be a dominant possession player, and has impressive vision and sense for the play. His shot is accurate, but lacks velocity. Lacks any type of physical game as he gets overpowered rather easily. He needs to add considerable functional strength. Pelletier is a smart two-way player. Defensively, he makes good reads as a backchecker retrieving the puck with a quick stick, but relies solely on brains with no real physical element. Could develop into a solid offensive player in the Q and a wildcard NHL prospect. (May 2014)