Julius Honka

Darren Walker

A small puck-moving defenseman, Honka has a strong stride with very good feet. Agility is top-notch. An elusive defenseman who slips between forecheckers with ease. Excellent passer who is always able to connect the dots. PP quarterback, managing and distributing the puck at the point well. Excellent at transitioning the puck out of his zone. His best defense is offense as he doesn’t possess any real strong defensive attributes. Uses his anticipation and quick stick to grab loose pucks and quickly get it up to his forwards. Really do not like how he defends his own zone for the most part. He knows he isn’t a big guy and his physical game shows it as he does not throw many checks. Doesn’t fight for space in the corners or in front of the net often either. We definitely would’ve liked to see some more intensity and body play incorporated into his game. Not going to be able to play this way at the NHL level. His hockey sense is very good as he reads plays very well and has patience and poise, but his defensive intensity and willingness to battle is not up to snuff. Has the talent to become a game breaker but it comes with a lot of risk. (May 2014)