Kasper Kotkansalo

Aaron Vickers

A two-way, reliable defender with some offensive upside…has the skating ability and hockey sense to close gaps extremely well…backwards skating and balance are both very strong…gets involved on both sides of the puck…handles and controls the puck well…displays high-end vision…his first pass is on target…moves the puck efficiently and quickly in his passing game…finds his target even under pressure…has great lateral movement which aids in maintaining his defensive positioning…has a strong heavy shot…a quick release and versatile shot selection…plays with some physicality in his game but needs to be more disciplined at times as he can cross the line in rougher contests and get himself into penalty trouble…gives no room as he covers his opponent in the defensive zone…shows an active stick and keeps attackers to the outside…just a reliable two-way guy who could develop into a strong offensive contributor at the next level.  (November 2016)